APRIL 2010 Chef Feature

April 7, 2010
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Chef Gary Boatman - Silo Elevated Cuisine

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At Mission Restaurant Supply we have a lot of love for our customers. Every individual in our company is dedicated to our community and to each other. That’s why we decided that we wanted to feature chefs around the country that we have had the honor of getting to know on a personal level and that we believe have truly influenced the foodservice industry in a very positive way. These individuals are pioneers in the kitchen and beyond. They are not only determined to deliver an incredible experience, but also dedicated to the well being of their guests and staff. Filet
We thought it would only be appropriate to feature Chef Boatman and his team at Silo Elevated Cuisine for our very first Chef Feature. Never have we found a more humble man or group of ‘culinarians’ (they refuse to use the terms “executive chef” and “cooks” in their kitchen). Their ‘culinarians’ are dedicated to making dishes that are delicious and breathtaking all while working closely together and learning from one another. “I believe my values and work ethic have influenced my staff well,” says Boatman, “I do not ask them to do anything that I am not doing or will not do with them.”

Chef Boatman said that his favorite part of the job is the creative aspect and his unlimited ability to influence his staff. “We lead trends, not follow them.” That statement couldn’t be more accurate. Silo Elevated Cuisine’s menu has a wide variety of options, from duck spring rolls and Black Angus beef lettuce wraps to Chilean sea bass and chicken fried oysters over pasta. They never cease to amaze.

Boatman believes that a chef has to remember how they got to where they are and how they are going to anticipate the needs and tastes of their guests. To him, the best way to do that by changing products frequently to make sure that everything is high quality. “Our goal is a true dining experience,” he says, “In today’s world everyone goes out to eat, but an ‘experience’ is being able to have a great meal, great service, and great entertainment all in one place. We back this up with staff and the best quality product.”
Not only are Chef Boatman and his crew focused on excellence in the work place, they are also devoted to their community. The team at Silo helps raise money for the SA YES Foundation, which provides school supplies and scholarships to low income students in the San Antonio and South Texas areas. They also take part in other educational programs that benefit culinary students.

When asked what he would suggest to other restaurant chefs and managers, Chef Boatman replied, “Today we have taken a few steps back in time. Right now we are having to be more productive than we ever have with these economic times. Hire the right people and move on the ones that do not fit your values. It is better to have a quality team than a team on quantity.”

If you would like to visit Silo Elevated Cuisine or learn more about the venue, please visit their site at:

http://www.siloelevatedcuisine.com/

Thank you to Chef Boatman and his amazing team for their time and efforts.

If you know of a chef that you would like to see featured, please contact us at:

laurenb@missionrs.com

(210) 354-0690 ext. 243

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