Our company’s purpose is about the one thing we love the most:
“Cultivating relationships through the Fanatic Pursuit of Hospitality”.
This is our soul and what drives us to our core. It’s what drives our team.
It’s the “why” behind how and what we do.
Chef Anthony studied culinary in New York City, San Francisco and Chicago and brings with him 20+ years of experience in high volume restaurants. He has gained experience with numerous types of cuisine while working as an executive chef and corporate chef in highly awarded restaurants. Coming from Arizona with his most recent endeavor, Anthony worked with Prime Steak Concepts as a corporate chef, doing research and development for several restaurant locations, along with including signature dishes to each locations menu. Anthony has lead culinary vision for nationally acclaimed restaurants such as Bon Temps in Los Angeles and The Pearl Restaurant in Nantucket. He has also contributed to the culinary direction of nationally recognized groups such as Lettuce Entertain You in Chicago, Michael Mina Group in San Francisco and Starr Restaurants in Philadelphia.
Katharine graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Food Industry Management, and partnered with Disney Internships while on campus. While studying, she did her management internship with The Cheesecake Factory in Chicago. Upon graduation, she accepted a position at Cheesecake Factory Twelve Oaks in Novi. After graduating to senior manager, she accepted a General Manager position with Paradies Lagardere travel retail and ended up working within many of their high volume concepts for the next 5 years. Katharine has a deep passion for working with people and developing her team, something that led to begin a General Management position with Prime + Proper. Katharine strives to inspire her team at Prime + Proper every day to go above and beyond for every guest. She enjoys making memories for guests and fostering close relationships to welcome guests back again and again. During her days off, she enjoys walking her dog and reading a good book.
Originally from Massachusetts, Renee's journey in the hospitality industry began at a young age with a genuine love for creating memorable experiences. Throughout her career, she has successfully opened and managed four unique restaurants, each a testament to her expertise and dedication. With a wealth of experience spanning over 20 years, Renee has established herself as a dynamic leader with a true passion for delivering exceptional service. With her keen eye for detail, she works diligently to enhance the guest experience, ensuring that every aspect of their visit surpasses expectations. Renee joined the Prime + Proper team in 2021. Embracing the city's dynamic energy, she has found joy and fulfillment in being a part of the bustling downtown scene. Being surrounded by like-minded individuals who share her hospitality passion gives her camaraderie and pride. When not overseeing operations at the restaurant, Renee enjoys actively participating in the community and spending time with her Dachshund, Nora. Together, they explore Detroit, discovering new restaurants, shops, and parks.
With degrees in Psychology and Art History, Rebecca brings a unique perspective to her role, blending human behavior understanding with aesthetics. With a decade of experience in the service industry and having grown up in a family deeply rooted in hospitality, she developed a genuine love and appreciation for providing exceptional guest experiences from an early age. Starting her career in Michigan, she quickly pulled towards the bustling city of Chicago, where Rebecca managed multiple restaurants, excelling in creating an atmosphere that seamlessly blended elegance and warmth. Following her passion for exploration and a desire to be closer to her roots, Rebecca moved back to Michigan in 2020. She utilizes her extensive experience to deliver unforgettable guest dining experiences in her current role. Her meticulous planning and coordination skills allow her to curate personalized private dining events tailored to each client's needs and preferences. Rebecca's passion for travel extends beyond her professional life as she seeks inspiration from diverse cultures and culinary traditions worldwide. She eagerly explores new restaurants, delighting in innovative flavors and techniques. When not immersed in hospitality, Rebecca finds joy in the exhilarating thrill of water skiing.
Chef Sam's culinary journey began in Dayton, Ohio, before he ventured to Denver to pursue his culinary dreams at Johnson & Wales University. Seeking to expand his knowledge and skills, he interned at the renowned Nightbird in San Francisco, where he refined his techniques and gained valuable insights. This experience propelled him forward on his culinary path. Driven by a desire to elevate his craft further, Sam embarked on a gastronomic pilgrimage to Paris, enrolling in Alain Ducasse Education's prestigious Farm to Table program. Immersed in the rich tapestry of French gastronomy, he forged a profound connection between food and its origins, expanding his culinary repertoire. Now settled in the dynamic culinary scene of Detroit with his wife, Chef Sam continues to captivate diners with his exceptional skills and imaginative dishes. When he's not in the kitchen, he seeks solace and inspiration in nature, often indulging in fishing trips with his loyal canine companions, Daisy and Lily, where he finds balance and renews his creative spirit.
Mike, a talented sous chef, hails from vibrant Houston, Texas, where his culinary journey began at the age of 14. With a passion for the culinary arts, he honed his skills in renowned Ft. Lauderdale kitchens, immersing himself in the fast-paced world of gastronomy. His dedication and talent propelled him to the role of Executive Chef at renowned restaurants, where he expertly blends classic and contemporary culinary traditions into innovative menus. Outside the kitchen, Mike's interests are as diverse as his culinary creations. He has a genuine fascination for reptiles, dedicating his free time to studying and observing different species. Nature is his sanctuary, as he finds solace and adventure through hunting and fishing. When seeking a change of pace, he cruises effortlessly on his longboard, exploring the urban landscape. Mike's boundless enthusiasm for food, reptiles, hunting, fishing, and longboarding reflects his vibrant and adventurous spirit. As a sous chef, he brings a unique perspective to the culinary realm, consistently striving to create exceptional dining experiences that tantalize the taste buds and leave a lasting impression on every
Chef Erin's culinary journey began in her early years, nurturing her love for the kitchen and continuous learning. She pursued her passion by obtaining degrees in Culinary Arts & Baking and Pastry Arts from Schoolcraft College. With a solid foundation in place, Erin worked and managed an ice cream shop for nine years, while also serving as an assistant instructor in Schoolcraft College's esteemed culinary program. Seeking new challenges, she refined her skills in the fast-paced environment of Walt Disney World's production bakeries. In 2019, Erin joined Prime + Proper, expanding her industry knowledge and contributing to the creation of memorable dessert experiences. Outside the kitchen, Erin finds inspiration through travel and scuba diving, discovering new desserts, flavors, and techniques along the way.
Chad, an Economics and Finance graduate of Grand Valley State University, discovered his true passion for hospitality while working in restaurants during his time there. Although he initially pursued a career in finance, he quickly realized that his calling lay in the restaurant industry. Chad's interest in the field grew as he worked in various fine dining establishments, including Wolfgang Puck, Ruth's Chris Steak House, and JW Marriott's Margaux in Grand Rapids, where he served as Assistant General Manager. Throughout his career in food and beverage, Chad's love for wine flourished, becoming a deep passion that he enjoys sharing with our guests and team at Prime + Proper. He continuously dedicates himself to expanding his knowledge and skills, actively educating himself and those around him. While he finds it challenging to pick a single favorite wine, Chad currently has a preference for wines from the Southern Rhone Valley. When Chad is not gracing us with his presence at Prime + Proper, you might find him on the golf course or savoring a handcrafted cocktail, further indulging in his appreciation for quality and craftsmanship.
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