CORPORATE DIRECTOR OF FOOD & BEVERAGE
Jonathan Kastner brings over 40 years of extensive food, beverage and hospitality experience. He currently resides in the wonderful city of New Orleans. Kastner studied the restaurant and hospitality industry in the U.S. and internationally, working his way from the back of the house to the front. He owned his own restaurant in Virginia Beach, Va., for three years. In 1995, Kastner became regional food and beverage director for Sunburst Hospitality and established the Golden Pheasant, a catering and special event company.
Kastner's background also includes working as a private chef for celebrities and notable families, developing forward-thinking restaurant concepts and opening upscale dining establishments across the United States, many in conjunction with luxury resorts and independent hotels.
As a result of his breadth of experience and reputation for implementing into his work the highest food and beverage standards, Kastner was selected to attend the invitation-only Greystone Flavor Summit in 2009 and 2010, co-presented by the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone and Food Arts magazine. The Greystone Flavor Summit brings together a select group of top food and beverage executives, corporate and executive chefs and other experts in American foodservice and hospitality to explore, discuss and taste their way through a stimulating, critical set of flavor and related kitchen and dining management issues.