Executive Chef Jonathan Dearden
Award winning restaurateur Ashok Bajaj is pleased to announce the appointment of Jonathan Dearden as the new executive chef of his critically acclaimed restaurant, Ardeo + Bardeo. Jonathan brings 12 years of professional experiences and training at some of the most highly commended restaurants in Miami, Chicago, Las Vegas, New York, San Francisco and the Caribbean. Most recently Jonathan served as Executive Chef, for Hotelier Andre Balazs, of Andre Balaz Properties in New York.
Jonathan started his career at the early age of 14 in small, family owned restaurants in Northern Virginia. Thereafter, moved to Florida and attended The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Culinary Management. During that time, he was directly trained and mentored by James Beard Award Winning Chef Allen Susser. He held the position of Chef De Cuisine at Chef Allens, a trend setting restaurant, rated #1 for Food in Miami by Zagat. Then, at the early age of 22, he was appointed for the Executive Chef Position at Jade Mountain Resort, an ultra-Luxury Resort located in Caribbean Island of Saint Lucia. Recognized by Travel and Leisure as the #1 resort in the Caribbean, and #3 best in the world. During his tenure Jonathan received numerous write ups, including an article in Conde Nast Traveler Magazine. The most recent achievement was a spot on the “The 101 Best Hotel Restaurants in the World 2014” by the Daily Meal.