Deandre H.

Kitchen Manager

Eataly Dallas
Deandre H.

Year Joined the Eataly Team: 2014
Eataly Favorite: Tagliatelle alla Bolognese

Born and raised in Chicago, Deandre went to school for Computer Science and Criminal Justice. Initially, Deandre planned on becoming a police officer until he let his interest in food get the best of him and decided to pursue a career in hospitality.

In 2014, Deandre began as a Kitchen Receiver at Eataly Chicago. He was then promoted to Receiving Supervisor and ultimately to Kitchen Manager. When it was time to open Eataly Dallas, Deandre led the Culinary Team in setting themselves up for financial success, taking on the role of Kitchen Manager on the Grand Opening Team.

A results-driven leader, Deandre thinks strategically and knows how to manage risks and anticipate issues. When challenges arise, he problem solves effectively with a calm and confident demeanor, encouraging collaboration across departments. In addition to ensuring that operations run smoothly and our financials are in order, Deandre sets the standard for effective teamwork. Consistently exemplifying the spirit of Eataly, Deandre fosters a collaborative and inclusive environment where diverse strengths shine.

You’ve been with Eataly over 10 years. What has your journey been like?
“It’s been a great journey. Thanks to the opportunities I’ve had at Eataly, I’ve been able to learn new things and grow in ways that I didn’t think I ever would. It’s been really interesting because, as I’ve evolved, the role of the Kitchen Manager has evolved too. This is because Eataly is not just a standard restaurant company. We do so much more here.”

How did your interest in food begin?
“When I was younger, I let go of cartoons fairly quickly. I would get home from school and watch the Food Network day in and day out. After a while, I realized that I was meant to work in the restaurant industry!”

In your own words, what is the job of a Kitchen Manager at Eataly?
“As Kitchen Manager, I handle financial management for our restaurants. I take care of daily ordering and product procurement, interacting with vendors and partnering with our Warehouse Team and Kitchen Receiver. I balance budgets and ensure our margins are healthy. If things are not going according to plan, I sit down with our chefs to problem solve. This means I also assist with pricing and recipe management to guarantee our menus are as profitable as they can be.”

What is your favorite part of your job?
“I’ve always enjoyed the problem-solving aspect of my job. I take pride in being able to find solutions. For example, if margins are off, we figure out why. If items don’t get delivered, we identify substitute products. I really enjoy facing new challenges.”

What is your favorite memory from your time at Eataly so far?
“Working the first Septemberfest in Chicago, and seeing the massive number of people in attendance enjoying themselves. During the event, we built this super crazy tiramisu’ tower made of hundreds of individual tiramisu’s. People were rowdy and wanting dessert, and we were like, ‘Stay back! We’re finishing the tiramisu’ tower!’ ”

What have you learned while working at Eataly?
“I’ve learned a ton while working at Eataly – especially about food and food preparation. In the early days, I was always asking our chefs a million questions about ingredients and how to prepare things. I’ve also learned so much about recipe margins and food pricing. In addition, I’ve tried many new foods. I wasn’t a big seafood guy before working here. I’ve now been exposed to so many types of seafood, I’ve come to appreciate it.”

Who inspires you?
“My grandmother inspires me. She is one of the most independent people I have had the pleasure of being around.”

What advice do you have for a fellow Eatalian?
“Leave your expectations at the door, and come in with an open mind. Be ready to learn and do the best you can. If you don’t know something, learn it. Ask questions, and be prepared to evolve.”

Outside of Eataly, what do you like to do?
“I love spending time as much time as possible with my kids. I avidly watch movies from every era, and I’ve shared this passion with them. We often sit down and watch black-and-white movies together. I also enjoying writing. In general, I try to be as creative as possible.”

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