In 2007, Drew Sayes, The Townsend Hotel’s executive chef since December 2012, earned the title of youngest ever executive chef with his then employer, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. During his tenure with Ritz Carlton, Sayes’ served at various property locations throughout the U.S., including Dearborn, Mich., Marina del Rey, Calif., New Orleans, La. and Buckhead, Ga. Just prior to joining The Townsend team, Sayes most recently served as executive chef at the prestigious Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Ga.
So how did Sayes get so far up the “food chain” so quickly? “Arrive early, stay late, be humble and clean!” he advises. He also encourages young up-and-coming chefs to never take any experience for granted. “Everything you see, touch, smell, taste and experience makes you a stronger culinarian.”
Sayes, who has had the privilege of working for some of the luxury dining industry’s best American chefs in classic foodie cities like [...]