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 a Wine Spectator award, James Beard Nomination, “Top 50 Wine List in the Country” from OpenTable.com, and 2012 Best of Delaware award.
Dwain is a 2004 graduate of the culinary program at the Art Institute of Philadelphia. As a young chef he earned the Best Youth Culinarian Award and the Rising Star Chef Award. He began his career in the Wilmington area working for Harry’s Hospitality Group where he was Chef de Cuisine at Kid Shelleen’s Charcoal House and sous chef at Harry’s Savoy Grill and at Harry’s Seafood Grill. Before joining Domaine Hudson, Chef Kalup worked at Blackbird Restaurant in Chicago a Michelin Star restaurant. We are proud to congratulate Chef Kalup as a 2017 semi-finalist for the James Beard Awards.
Chef Kalup brings a refined, creative, organized approach to the Domaine Hudson kitchen. He has a commitment to local and regional ingredients and a passion for innovative, changing menus.
Brent is a 2003 graduate of the culinary program at the Art Institute of Philadelphia. Born and raised in New Castle, DE, he began his culinary career in the Wilmington area working for Harry’s Hospitality Group. Before joining Domaine Hudson, Chef Chellew spent the last six years in Florida. For the past four years he worked at Admiral’s Cove in Jupiter, FL as the Executive Chef at the Marina Café. The Platinum Club of America rated Admiral’s Cove as one of the top ten Private Club Communities in the U.S. Chef Chellew was featured in the May 2014 issue of Jupiter Magazine. It was the first time in the history of the publication that they featured a Chef from a Private Country Club.
Chef Chellew looks forward and is excited to be rejoining Chef Kalup once again as they share the same passion for fine cooking and exquisite presentation with a strong focus on local and regional ingredients.
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.
Roger is originally from New York and began his interest in the hospitality industry at a young age, always intrigued by the infamous Julia Child. Roger developed a strong work ethic and a passion for food and wine. He went on to graduate from the Culinary Institute of America. Roger has a long history with Domaine Hudson working both in the front of the house as well as the kitchen and even earning his Sommelier certification during his work at the restaurant. He has also worked at several other well known Wilmington venues including General Manager for Eclipse Bistro, and Food and Beverage Manager at the Westin Hotel at the Wilmington River Front. We are happy to welcome back Roger as our general manager!
A transplant from Bronx, New York, Stephen is now a tried and true Wilmingtonian. He has worked in the hospitality industry for over 2 decades. Starting his career as a dishwasher at Pizza Hut, Stephen’s talent and vivacious personality has taken him to many of the premier restaurants in the Wilmington area, including Dan Butler’s Piccolina Toscana and the now closed 821 Bistro. He discovered his love of beer at the original Iron Hill Brewery which was his first time working behind a bar. He fell in love with all things Italian and wine working for the critically acclaimed restaurant family of Marc Vetri in Philadelphia. Stephen spent 5 years with Chef Vetri at Osteria, Amis, Alla Spina and Lo Spiedo. It was during this time that Stephen was highlighted as a Beverage Personality at The James Beard House and at The Great Chef Event. He has appeared in Food & Wine Magazine as well as Marie Claire showcasing his cocktail creations. When not behind the bar at Domaine Hudson, you can find Stephen enjoying the local music scene in Wilmington, making pasta for dinner for him and his husband, Charles, or sipping some Pinot Grigio in his hammock over looking Trolley Square.