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Born and raised in Southern Connecticut, Jeff Surprise cumulates over 20 years of culinary experience.  Surprise developed an early interest in cooking from watching Jacque Pepin and Julia Child after Saturday morning cartoons.   After graduating from Southern New Hampshire University with a degree in Culinary Arts, Jeff began working for the Ritz Carlton Resort in Amelia Island, Florida.  While there, he was exposed to a wide range of cuisines and thrived while engaging in high volume events. 

From there, Surprise had the opportunity to move to San Francisco working for Michael Tusk at the Michelin rated Quince, where Surprise was able to cultivate relationships with local farmers procuring farm fresh seasonal produce every day.  It was here Surprise found a new respect for artisans and became heavily involved in the slow food movement.  This passion for partnering with local artisans continued in San Antonio where he opened the JW Marriott as Chef de Cuisine of 18 Oaks Steakhouse.  While in San Antonio, Jeff fell in love with Texas and the Hill Country lifestyle. His next opportunity took him away from the Hill Country as the Executive Chef of Marriott McDowell Mountains in Scottsdale and after several years as Executive Chef in Arizona and a very cold winter in Boston as the Executive Sous Chef of the Westin Copley Place; Jeff has returned to Texas as Executive Chef of the Westin at the Domain. Surprise is excited to be back in the warm weather of the Hill Country and bring his international cuisine to the Westin at the Domain executing his farm fresh philosophy and building local artisan relationships.