Rod Knight


ServSafe Instructor & Examination Proctor

About Me

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Personal Info

Name: Rod Knight
Date of birth: 26 November 1980
Nationality: American
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Phone: 954 601 4303

My Story

I started my career in 1999 at Chuck’s Steak House in Danbury, CT. In 2002, I joined the Sodexo operated El Dorado Bar and Grill as a Kitchen Manager/ Banquet Chef. In 2006 I was offered to work in historic downtown New Haven Connecticut at Geronimo Bar and Grill, a high end Southwestern American fusion concept.

In 2010 I moved to south Florida to further my culinary adventures. Currently I am Executive Sous Chef of Thursdays Fort Lauderdale, a french brasserie located on the beautiful Las Olas Blvd in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

I regularly volunteer and engage in community outreach efforts throughout South Florida. I believe sharing foodcraft and innovative concepts with the public helps to build our community into one that cares about the welfare and health of everyone.



Thursday’s Fort Lauderdale

Executive Sous Chef

2015 - Present

Kitchen Management: Produce diversified menus in accordance with the restaurant’s

policy and vision, Create new specials when required, Develop the working schedule and organize the work in the kitchen, Train kitchen staff in order to reach standards required by

restaurant, Maintain order and discipline in the kitchen during working hours, Create tasting menus for clients interested in contracting the food for different events, Maintain hygiene and food safety standards

Business Development: Event Planning, Networking, Community Outreach, Digital Marketing, Graphic Design

3033 Ocean Group

Chef De Partie

2014 - 2015

Instrumental in developing the brunch-buffet, Created dishes that were executed in a high volume atmosphere, Supervised buffet production, Managed and trained line cooks on the buffet, Helped head chef to develop new buffet dishes and menus, Ensured high standards of food hygiene and rules of health and safety, Monitored portion and waste control to maintain profit margins

Personal Chef

2011 – 2014

Worked with clients with restrictive diets: diabetic, high blood pressure, and allergies.

Meal planning

Crescendos Bar and Lounge

Chef Consultant

2010 - 2013

Developed menus for special events, Prepared unique south beach inspired dishes, Created Amuse-Bouche, Worked with mixologist to infuse liquors for speciality cocktails

Geronimo Bar and Grill


2006 - 2009

Maintained food standards, costs, safety, etc. Led and motivated in the back of house, rallied the team during heavy shifts, costing, pricing, inventory control and created work schedule.

El Dorado Bar and Grill

Kitchen Manager, Banquet Chef

2002 - 2006

Managed kitchen staff during lunch and brunch services, Managed inventory and purchasing, Developed daily specials, Set up and supervised banquet hall and execution of events, Developed diverse menus to suit clients’ needs


Henry Abbott Tech  Johnson and Wales Accredited

Culinary Arts Degree
1996 - 1999

Culinary Arts, Hospitality, and Food & Beverage Program: Italian, French,

and Asian cuisines, institutional cooking, diet creation, menu planning,

ordering, inventory management, costing

Western Connecticut State University

Certificate Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations
1999 - 2001

Small enterprise operations

Business organization

Strategic Planning/Marketing

Additional Education

Certified ServSafe Instructor & Registered Proctor

June 2016

Food Photography Workshop

Sep 2015

Social Media Best Practices an Implementation Workshop

May 2015

My Skills

Personal Skills

  • Team Oriented
  • Flexible
  • Creative
  • Diligent
  • Reliable
  • Goal Oriented
  • Positive Work Ethic
  • Great Communicator
  • Curious
  • Responsible
  • Intrepid
  • Hard Working









Profesional Skills

  • Hospitality & Culinary Management
  • Frontt & Back of the House Operations
  • Budgeting & Cost Controls
  • Safety/Sanitation/Quality Controls
  • Web Usability
  • Vendor/Inventory Management
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Microsoft Office
  • Food Styling & Photography
  • Payroll/ P&L Management
  • Wordpress Proficient
  • Video Editing

Software Knowledge

Microsoft Office
ServSafe Instructor & Examination Proctor

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