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 Andrew Cini recently began a residency as interim chef de cuisine. The former Owner of Kennett Square’s casual tapas eatery, Mezze; Chef Cini has been working as the sous chef since November, 2018. Before returning to his hometown of Wilmington, Cini worked under Philadelphia restaurateur and Delaware native Tyler Akin, first at Akin’s 18-seat Vietnamese cafe, Stock, and later as a sous chef helping to open Rittenhouse’s popular all-day cafe, Res Ipsa, under Chef Michael Vincent Ferrerri. (Both restaurants have consistently made the Philly Mag’s quarterly Top 50 list since Res Ipsa’s opening in late 2016). Cini’s residency at Domaine is to be served while Michael and Beth Ross find a suitable replacement for their James Beard-Nominated chef, Dwain Kalup, who moved across the country in 2018.
Sous Chef Corey Palmer left the idyllic life at Delaware’s historic beach community of Lewes to pursue his professional goals in the hospitality industry. He was previously the prep cook at one of Lewes’ best-loved eateries, Kindle Restaurant, where he worked the pantry station, sauté station, line positions, ordered food, created and executed prep lists, and conducted quality and waste control audits. He also planned and executed weekend specials and assisted in special catering events and multi-course wine dinners. Before Kindle, Corey worked next door at the popular and busy Half Full pizza restaurant where he made and portioned some 50 to 100 gallons of pizza dough daily. He is a 2012 graduate of Cape Henlopen High School. Corey’s enthusiasm and hard work have made him a valued member of our kitchen staff.
We are proud to have Cindy 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.