Scott Kammerer, president of SoDel Concepts, recently announced that Dru Tevis is the hospitality company’s new corporate pastry chef. Rehoboth Beach-based SoDel Concepts has 10 restaurants in coastal Sussex County, as well as a catering division and event venue.
“Dru is known for his innovative, beautiful and delicious desserts,” Kammerer said. “Having him on board will take our dessert program to an entirely new level. We’re excited to have him on our team.”
The Westminster, Md., native, has a degree in pastry arts from the French Culinary Institute in New York (now the International Culinary Center).He received a Grand Diploma in professional pastry arts and was the class valedictorian. Tevis also has a bachelor’s degree from New York University.
While in New York, Tevis worked under two prestigious pastry chefs: Kierin Baldwin of The Dutch and Christina Tosi, the chef/owner of Momofuku Milk Bar.
Tevis has built a reputation for excellence while working in Rehoboth Beach-area restaurants. “I never get tired of seeing guests get excited over a dish that I created,” he said. “Their look of delight is my ultimate reward.”
Not content to rest on his laurels, he spent a year traveling to increase his knowledge and skills. He’s taken classes and seminars at The French Pastry School and the Chocolate Academy, both in Chicago, Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, Good Taste of Tuscany in Signa, Italy, and Leith’s School of Food & Wine in London.
“Dru is not only talented, but he also has an easygoing personality that is an asset in a busy restaurant kitchen,” said Doug Ruley, vice president of culinary operations for SoDel Concepts. “We were lucky to get him, and all of our chefs are looking forward to working with him.”
Tevis lives in downtown Rehoboth with his husband, Chase, and their dogs, Jazz and Bruce.
For information about SoDel Concepts, visit sodelconcepts.com.