Equine veterinarians Michael and Beth Ross are the owners of Domaine Hudson. Mike is the Director of the Nuclear Medicine Program and a professor of surgery at the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Clinical Studies at the New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, PA. Beth manages the restaurant and raises their two young children.
Under their tutelage, Domaine Hudson has received the Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator for the last 4 years, two James Beard Nominations, “Top 50 Wine List in the Country” from OpenTable.com, and Best of Delaware awards in 6 of the last 7 years.
Chef Chris Rauber trained for his career at the Art Institute of New York in Manhattan. He worked at several Manhattan restaurants including the renowned New York Times 3-star restaurant, Bouley-the restaurant that sprouted chefs such as Dan Barber (Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Eric Ripert (Le Bernardin), and Christina Tosi (Milk Bar).
After leaving Manhattan to be closer to family he worked as Chef in several New Jersey restaurants before finally opening the Inn at Duck Creek in Smyrna. It was here that he debuted his culinary style in Delaware and made connections with local farmers to create his menu with a passion for local, seasonal ingredients. You can read local food critic, Suzanne Loudermilk’s review in June 2016 Delaware Today where she describes his salad “like a still life painting” and the Faroe Island Salmon as “heavenly.” Chris describes himself as a chef that “doesn’t just want to cook in a restaurant but wants to be a restauranteur”. He wants to create the experience, as well as the food, in a place where people can enjoy a great meal.
Amy hails from Maryland where she has spent much of her working years in the restaurant industry. She received her degree as a nursing assistant but the pull of hospitality was strong. Before arriving at Domaine Hudson she was working with the acclaimed Foreman Wolf organization in Baltimore, MD. She spent time as a server and event planner in their noted restaurants, Cinghale and Charleston. Amy is the fifth of seven children. She refers to her family as a ‘stabilizing and rejuvenating’ factor in her life. She draws strength from them and in her words “they have taught her the importance of being part of something bigger than herself.” We are proud to have Amy as part of the Domaine Hudson team. She is gracious and accommodating and will be sure to make your dining experience, whether it is an intimate dinner for 2 or a corporate dinner of 60, an event to remember.
Javier has been in the restaurant business for over 35 years and is well known among those that dine out in Wilmington. During his impressive career, Javier has worked with some of the industry’s greatest chef’s including George Perrier and Michael Romano. Many Philadelphians and Wilmingtonians know Javier from his days as General Manager of Wilmington’s Positano Northern Italian Restaurant. Javier has been described as a “true practitioner of the art of hospitality,” he brings a classic approach to impeccable service and vast wine and food knowledge.