Meet the Team at Bon Appétit Restaurant

Chef Stephen Farquhar

Chef Stephen Farquhar was born in Milwaukee, WI, but grew up in the Clearwater/Largo area. He attended the Pinellas Technical Education Center in Clearwater to start his career in culinary arts. He began as a bus boy at Innisbrook Golf Resort in Tarpon Springs, where his passion for the culinary arts helped him work his way up to cook’s helper and then cook.

In 1977, Chef Stephen got the opportunity of a lifetime and headed to Germany to train under German master chefs. He began working at Restaurant Cafe Adlwarth in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, West Germany where he focused on traditional Bavarian cooking with an infusion of French, Swiss and Austrian cuisine. Later, he took a position at the Kurpark Restaurant and began as a saucier. From there he went to fill many positions, including Garde Manager, Chef du Poissous, Chef du Rotis and Sous Chef. Chef Stephen also worked weekends at the Bayernhalle (Beer Hall) traditional Basarres festivities.

In 1980, Chef Stephen returned to Florida and began working at Bon Appétit Restaurant. He has been there ever since, with only a short leave in 1983 to work a roundsman position at the La Provance and the Royal Orleans Hotel in New Orleans. For over 30 years, Chef Stephen has developed his frequently-changing menu to adapt to the cuisines, economies and trends that have come and gone throughout the years. Chef Stephen continues to study many cuisines and aims to be authentic when he creates ethnic dishes. He enjoys working with ingredients that are fresh and come from local sources and he loves experimenting with different ideas to create new dishes.

Thomas Riedl, Manager

Thomas is a Dunedin, Florida native. As the son of Chef Karl, he was literally born into the 2nd generation at Bon Appétit Restaurant.  He is a graduate of  the University of Florida (Go Gators!) and has been part of the management team since 2008, although he spent countless hours at the restaurant in his youth. As restaurant manager, he maintains Bon Appétit’s high service standards to ensure guest satisfaction. Outside of work, Thomas is an avid golfer and fisherman.  On June 9, 2012, he married Kelly Ann Overcashier in the Crystal Ballroom at Bon Appétit Restaurant, of course!

Ellen Hale

Ellen Hale, born and raised in New Jersey, is one of the Front of House managers at Bon Appétit and has been at Bon Appétit Restaurant for nearly 10 years. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin and spent her pre-restaurant career working in retail management and AMF bowling center management in the midwest. Now that she is at Bon Appétit, Ellen’s responsibilities include guest relations and helping the hostess station, making her a friendly, recognizable face to our guests. Ellen also has business affiliation achievements and participates in Dunedin’s Business Networking International (BNI) chapter and Downtown Dunedin Merchants Association. When she steps outside our doors, Ellen is an avid bowler and enjoys traveling, theater, sports and the company of her friends.

Christian Schrangl

Christian was born and raised in Austria, has over 25 years’ experience in the hospitality industry and is one of the Front House Managers at Bon Appétit. After he completed his studies in Restaurant and Hotel Management, Christian decided he wanted to see more of the world. He began his hospitality career aboard cruise ships, managing Restaurant and Hotel operations. In 2002, Christian married his wife Penny and decided to trade the high seas for a home base in Port Richey, FL. When he’s not at Bon Appétit ensuring guests have an enjoyable experience, he enjoys spending time outdoors, at the beach or traveling overseas.

Nancy Williams

Nancy Williams is the Wedding and Special Events Manager and the one who will help you achieve your wedding vision. She has been in the hospitality industry for more than 30 years, engaging in every aspect of food and beverage, and has been with the Bon Appétit Group℠ since 2002. Nancy brings experience in private social and membership golf clubs and catering. She especially enjoys working with brides and grooms to ensure that all the finer details are in place and their special day is truly one to remember. Nancy coordinates our yearly waterfront bridal showcases with local professional wedding vendors to make sure the brides receive only the best the industry has to offer. In her spare time, Nancy enjoys family genealogy, gardening, reupholstering, cooking and baking. You can find her at the local thrift store turning someone’s junk into another person’s treasure.

Alberto Santos

Alberto Santos, originally from Mexico, has been with Bon Appetit for 28 years. He began in the kitchen and worked his way up to Bon Appétit Restaurant’s banquet captain. As banquet captain, Alberto transforms your special requests into an event that runs efficiently. When he isn’t working on special events, he helps run the restaurant during regular hours to make your dining experience run as smoothly as a special event at Bon Appétit. Alberto is an avid cycler and member of a bicycle club. If you see him on the road, be sure to wave.