MISSION — A new executive chef brings more than 30 years of culinary arts experience to Wildhorse Resort & Casino.
Jeff Sommer, who most recently worked in New Orleans, got his first taste of cooking while helping his mother bake and preserve vegetables from his grandparent’s garden. As a 16-year-old, Sommer started working as a busboy, which lead to his yearning to be in the kitchen.
Sommer attended Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, Wisconsin, receiving degrees in both hotel restaurant management and culinary arts. From there, he was accepted into the Culinary Institute of America. He honed his skills at various private business clubs, country clubs and resorts. Bruce Mecham, Wildhorse food and beverage director, said Sommer is a great fit.
“The experience he brings gives him the ability to impact all of our restaurant offerings and our banquet facilities,” Mecham said. “It also allows him to continue to enhance our guests experience in Plateau Fine Dining.”
An avid outdoorsman, Sommer moved to Pendleton with his wife, Cherrieanna, and son, Scott. Their daughter, Cassie, attends Georgia Southern University.
For more information about Wildhorse, visit www.wildhorseresort.com.