- KITCHEN MANAGER & MAINTENANCE TEAM
After serving in the Navy during the Persian Gulf War, he found himself staying in the port city of Charleston, SC and returning to the restaurant industry. After achieving an associate degree in Business, a management opportunity presented itself and Shawn took employment with Long Island Café. He was fortunate enough to work alongside talented chefs and was mentored by two incredible restaurateurs.
In 1999, after vacationing for years in Bat Cave, NC, Shawn decided to pack up and moved to Hendersonville. He took a job at the Cypress Cellar, a Southern Louisiana restaurant with bands every Friday and Saturday night. In 2006, Shawn took his talents to Biltmore Estate. During his 12-year tenure he worked on both sides of the Estate. Cedric’s Tavern located in the center of Antler Hill was Shawn’s next adventure where he managed the dining room, bar, and bandstand. After a few years, he added the Village Creamery and Smokehouse to his resume as well as a construction concession stand for the contractors who were building the Antler Hill Village Hotel. From casual lunches to 5 diamond celebrity weddings and multiple candlelight services.
Three years ago, Shawn left the corporate grind and came to Ton-A-Wandah as lead cook. In 2020, he took on the role of kitchen manger. It is here at camp, during the summers when the place is filled with laughter, joy, and energy, that Shawn fell in love with TAW. It was a silent frosty winter morning alone, while the steam rose from the lake and the stillness was broken by a couple of ducks calling out before they landed that he realized…he had once again found his home. TAW is not just a place-but a place in his heart.