MEET THE CHEFS
CHEF MARY DUMONT
A native New Englander raised in a family of restaurateurs, Mary Dumont’s career began in San Francisco. Dumont was the first ever New Hampshire chef to be named by Food & Wine as Best New Chef. She has made numerous television appearances on Iron Chef, Top Chef, and The Today Show, she has owned a Zagat Most Anticipated Restaurant in the Country and a Boston Magazine Best New Restaurant.
CHEF OSCAR PADILLA
A Los Angeles native, Chef Oscar Padilla developed a passion for food growing up with his grandparents and sharing meals around their kitchen table. Prior to his role as Executive Chef at Toro Denver, Padilla was a culinary trainer for Richard Sandoval Hospitality, opening more than 15 new restaurants in the United States, Dubai, Qatar, Mexico and Costa Rica. With a heart for training aspiring chefs, Padilla’s kitchen philosophy is to practice humility and to never be shy with the salt.
CHEF CHARLEEN BADMAN
As chef and co-owner of the award-winning FnB restaurant in Scottsdale, Charleen Badman is one of Arizona’s most celebrated chefs. A James Beard winner for Best Chef of the Southwest 2019, Charleen is known as the “veggie whisperer” for her ability to coax the very best flavor out of locally grown vegetables, which are featured prominently – although not exclusively – on the FnB menu. Her unfussy, yet boldly flavored menu changes seasonally, and sometimes even week-to-week.
Beverage Manager of Clayton Members Club & Hotel, Bobkowski developed the Five Nines drink menu. Having worked in everything from bagel shops to a distillery to hotels, working with whiskey bars, cocktail bars, and a few food trucks along the way, eventually Bobkowski was lead to the Beverage Manager position at Clayton Members Club & Hotel.