Chef Donnell, also know as Chef Dondari, is a well versed Culinary and Hospitality Professional with over 25 plus years of hospitality experience in several foodservice environments from corporate food service, an upscale steakhouse, medical, retirement facility to independent eateries. He is a short and long-term culinary project specialist that brings unprecedented revenue growth, customer satisfaction/loyalty, staff engagement and operational strategies and solutions to start-up and existing restaurants. He has a wealth of experience with running successful food service/restaurant operations, a keen sense of food trends, styles and branding of food offerings for various environments that will offer seasonal and regional selections for a customer base that will increase revenue and customers. Excellent menu and recipe development of food items with exhibition cooking, weekly food offerings, themed meals. Exceptional cookery and culinary skills with exceptional knowledge of Italian Cuisine. Other valuable skills include customer service, branding, marketing, project management, new menu rollout, HACCP/Food Safety, operations and financial acumen.
DONDARI CULINARY CONSULTING SERVICES, LLC.
EXECUTIVE CHEF | CHEF DE CUISINE
ATLANTA, GA & PHILADELPHIA, PA
2009 – PRESENT
EXECUTIVE CHEF/CHEF DE CUISINE
SOUTH JAZZ KITCHEN & LOUNGE | RELISH
2017 – 2018
CHEF | GENERAL MANAGER
THE EAT CAFE | DREXEL UNIVERSITY
2015 – 2017
EXECUTIVE SOUS CHEF
MORRISON SENIOR LIVING
2014 – 2015
FOOD & BEVERAGE MANAGER
2007 – 2012
This was an interview from MY NEW PHILLY with their culinary segment “Not Just Cheesesteaks” at The EAT Café in November 2016, a month after opening. I had an enjoyable experience operating a non-profit, pay-what-you-can café here in the West Philadelphia community....
Chef Donnell Jones-Craven teaches us how to make a healthy fruit smoothie with milk. - Dairy Alliance