Jesse Alexander – Executive Chef, 2010
Orchid Gourmet was founded by Jesse Alexander whose passion for cooking started at a very early age. His first apprentice position was with his great grandmother, “Great Gran,” at the age of six.
After graduating from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Jesse pursued his love of food and cooking at Ellie’s restaurant in Vero Beach, Florida. He quickly rose through the ranks, becoming a sous chef in two short seasons. As Ellie’s closed, Jesse continued to hone his skills as a private and consultant chef for a number of years until Orchid Gourmet was born in 2010. Having never worked for a caterer, Jesse’s clients get a fresh and more a la minute approach to on-site and in-home catering. “We don’t take any shortcuts, from our homemade stocks to our ever-growing organic inventory, all of our operations are done with the highest quality ingredients and our clients satisfaction in mind.”
Jeremy Collins – Chef de Cuisine, 2012
Jeremy is a 2004 graduate of the Florida Culinary Institute, former sous chef of Ship’s Inn, Nantucket and Ellie’s, Vero Beach. Upon Ellie’s closing in 2004, Jeremy continued to hone his skills at John’s Island Club and Coste de Este’s Oriente restaurant. Jeremy is a part-owner of Orchid Gourmet and loves bringing perfection to all of our events.
While continuing to offer exceptional catering services, Orchid Gourmet operates a private dining room with a chef’s table concept, delivering compelling and unreplicated tasting menus for private parties up to 20 people.
The 2019-2020 winter season will be Orchid Gourmet’s 10th year in business. “Meeting this milestone is very exciting, and I hope we can flawlessly tackle the next ten years.”