Our Team

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EXECUTIVE CHEF

David Harker

As the Executive Chef of the Omni Nashville Hotel, Chef David Harker oversees all culinary operations for the hotel. This includes creative and managerial direction for banquet and pastry operations, in-room dining, and the hotel’s signature dining venues: Kitchen Notes, Barlines, Bongo Java, and the rooftop pool. Harker’s mission is to create an authentic expression of Nashville’s vibrant culture through culinary interpretations.

Full Bio
With over 26 years of culinary and hospitality experience, David Harker was the Executive Chef at the 4 star, 4 diamond Omni Interlocken Resort in Denver, Colorado. There he was responsible for all culinary and back-of-house operations for the resort including The Meritage Restaurant, The Tap Room, all banquets and catering operations. Prior to his tenure with Omni Hotels and Resorts, Chef Harker was the Executive Chef and Director of Food and Beverage for Miller Global and their transition team for Nickelodeon Family Suites Resort in Orlando, Florida. There he worked directly under Anthony Melchiorri, TV personality and host of “Hotel Impossible.” Chef Harker oversaw, all new concept development, daily food and beverage operations of the resort, staff hiring and training and the health and wellness program. Prior to this, he was a task force Chef for Starwood Hotels and Resorts (opening team and Executive Sous Chef, The Westin in Westminster, Colorado, Four Points by Sheraton in Denver, The Westin in Charlotte, North Carolina, task force Chef at The Palace Hotel in San Francisco, The W at Chicago City Center, Executive Chef at The Westin in Dallas Park Central) Other notable experiences incude: Chef and Co-Owner of Babaloo Restaurant in Boulder, Colorado; Executive Chef at Marc’s Steak and Oyster Bar and Valentines Italian Restaurant, two of the most successful restaurants in North Denver.

Harker holds a culinary degree from the Western Culinary Institute and Metropolitan State College of Denver and has been a contributing member of the American Culinary Federation. Chef Harker has been a two-time invite to Omni Hotel’s Master Chefs series — CIA Hyde Park New York and CIA San Antonio. Professional awards include: first place, People’s Choice Award 2011 and Most Creative Award 2013 in The Taste of Elegance Beer Festival in Colorado; first place, People’s Choice Award “Spirit of the West” at the 2003 Taste of Elegance Pork Competition in Colorado; and 2002 Silver Medal Winner and 2000 Bronze Medal Winner at the Governor’s Symposium.

Specialties include concept creations, kitchen consulting and design, team building, task force assistance, menu design and development and ice carving.


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CHEF DE CUISINE

Cristian Mosquera

As Chef de Cuisine, Cristian Mosquera oversees all culinary operations at the Omni Nashville Hotel’s signature three meal restaurant, Kitchen Notes. He manages a staff of 25 and ensures that each and every guest receives the same award-winning dining experience, from first course to last course.

Full Bio
With over 10 years of experience in the culinary and hospitality industries, Chef Cristian Mosquera has brought his talents to hotels and resorts across the southeast, serving as Sous Chef at the Hilton Head Marriott as well as both Ocean Side Chef and Verandah Chef at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort before joining us here at the Omni Nashville.

Mosquera holds a degree in the Culinary Arts from Le Cordon Bleu in Miami, FL. During his time there, he represented his school on the competition team, gaining recognition and winning many accolades, including First Place in the BBQ Challenge at Le Cordon Bleu College and First Place in the St. Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef Competition eliminatory at Le Cordon Bleu College.

In his spare time – a rarity! – Chef Cristian is dedicated to learning, trying and experimenting with food. Whether it be researching molecular gastronomy, attending culinary forums, reading about the latest food trends, or simply dining out, Mosquera is passionate about every facet of his craft.


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GENERAL MANAGER

Mandi Rogers

Mandi Rogers joined the Kitchen Notes team in 2014, less than a year after opening, where she serves as Assistant Manager, maintaining oversight of all daily operations at the restaurant, including staff training, private event execution and reservation management.

Full Bio
Prior to joining the Omni Nashville team, Mandi worked at Gaylord Opryland Resort for the popular Italian fine-dining establishment, Ravello. During her time there, she worked her way up from server to lead trainer for their growing wait staff.

A former student at Bethel College in West Tennessee, Mandi truly enjoys the ever-changing nature of the food and beverage industry. She loves learning about the latest industry trends and bringing her knowledge and insight into the restaurant each day. As a Nashville native, Mandi is passionate about Kitchen Notes’ farm-to-fork philosophy, which supports local farmers and artisans in the local region. Mandi loves that Kitchen Notes embraces the Music City culture. “Food is a universal love language—if you feed someone, they are going to be happy!” says Mandi.


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ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER

Jessica Roughton

Jessica Roughton joined the Kitchen Notes team in December 2015 as Assistant Manager, where she currently oversees daily operations, staff wine trainings and associate satisfaction projects.  Prior to joining the Omni Nashville team, Jessica spent three years at Gaylord Opryland Resort, where she worked her way up from hostess to supervisor at Old Hickory Steakhouse, a million dollar fine dining establishment.

Full Bio
Jessica has spent several years in the food and beverage industry, holding a multitude of roles, from cook to bartender, cashier to manager –she truly knows the business inside out.  A graduate of Austin Peay State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management, Jessica loves spending time visiting and exploring other food and beverage establishments in Nashville to stay current on culinary trends in the local community. She is a connoisseur of wine and hopes to obtain her sommelier certification in the near future.

 

JOIN OUR TEAM
We are always in search of talented, hard-working and passionate associates. Interested in joining the Kitchen Notes team? Apply Online at the Omni Nashville Hotel career site.  We can’t wait to meet you!