Chef Tom Schaudel
After graduating from The Culinary Institute in 1973 and working in various restaurants, Tom opened his first restaurant, Panama Hatties (Huntington), in 1983. He has since been the driving force behind such acclaimed restaurants as Spring Close House (East Hampton), Downtown Grille and Wine Bar (Montauk), 107 Forest Avenue (Locust Valley), Lemongrass (Roslyn), Coolfish (Syosset), Thom Thom (Wantagh), Rockfish (Huntington), Angelfish (Long Beach), Passionfish (Westhampton Beach), and The Mansion at the Woodlands (Woodbury).
Growing up on Long Island has seriously influenced Tom's culinary sensibilities, and his style has been described by Michael Todd of Grapezine magazine as "Atlantic Rim." At the Inn he combines classical technique with the best produce, fish and game the North Fork has to offer. Tom and Chef de Cuisine Michael Ross have created a series of menus that reflect the four seasons, tasting menus paired with Long Island wines, and a series of guest chef dinners and special events. Tom also has his own line of wines, under the Tom Schaudel "Reserve" label, made here on the North Fork and served at the Inn.
He has been featured on such television shows as Gordon Elliot's Door Knock Dinners on Food Network, Chef's Night Out on Metro Channel, and has been a frequent guest chef on Long Island's own Channels 12 and 21, The James Beard House in New York City, and Ed Lowe's Morning Show. He is currently writing a cookbook based on his experiences on Long Island.
Chef Michael Dean Ross
Michael is Currently the Executive Chef at Jewel Restaurant by Tom Schaudel.
Michael is the chef /partner of Ross/Schaudel Catering & Event Planning, a North Fork based catering company specializing in local-sustainable cuisine. The chef also runs MD&Co Restaurant Consulting, guiding some of Long Islands fledgling restaurants on the road to success.
Michael is a 1983 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and did his apprenticeship under Chef Leslie Revsin at 24 Fifth Avenue, one of Manhattan's first nouvelle outposts. Michael also attended Southampton College,majoring in Marine Biology. A 1978 Graduate of Brentwood Ross High School, Michael is a life-long Long Islander.
Michael is a veteran of such L.I. Restaurants as; Fiddleheads American Fish House & Grill, Oyster Bay; Fiddleheads New York, Huntington; Jedediah Hawkins Inn, Jamesport; Gabrielle's Brasserie & Wine Bar, Rockville Centre; The Pasta Grill, Rockville Centre, and more.
Courtney has literally grown up in the restaurant business, helping her dad out since the age of five. At sixteen she officially joined the team working part time while going to school and full time in the summer working in both the front and back of the house. After graduating magna cum laude with a degree in psychology from Hofstra University and two master's degrees from John Jay in Manhattan, Courtney returned to the restaurant business with her dad. She handles management duties at Jewel and Coolfish as well as being the event planner for Ross-Schaudel Catering and Event Planning.
Restaurant Manager Diane Flynn joined the Jewel team in November, 2011. Diane elevates the dining experience to another level ensuring gracious service, an intimate atmosphere, and delicious food and wine.
Diane graduated from New York Institute of Technology in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Hospitality, Business Management. She is dedicated and serious team player with a solid background in Business Management. Diane worked with Tom Schaudel for over 16 years and has participated in the opening and running of many of his restaurants ventures.
Diane currently splits her time between serving as a Restaurant Manager at Jewel Restaurant and as an Assistant Manager at Coolfish Grille and Wine Bar in Syosset, New York. Since 2000, the opening of Coolfish Grille and Wine Bar, she has functioned in a multiple positions at the restaurant which Peter Gianotti of Newsday called "the best seafood restaurant from Astoria to Montauk."