Executive Sous Chef
Chef Blake leads by example with heart and soul. His creative mind pairs with his craft in carpentry and art, to bring an element of design, creativity, and teamwork
Blake’s determination and drive is what makes him such a asset in the Crave kitchen. Always striving for excellence and bringing new and fresh ideas to the table, Blake has sparked an innovative approach and “Wow Factor” specializing in Molecular Gastronomy, which sets Crave apart from its competition.
Blake was born in Springfield, Illinois and is a resident of Naples, FL for 15 years. At a young age, Blake proved to be a natural at sales and marketing as he started his own “B&T Lawn Service” at the age of 12. Though Blake had tried his hand at marketing in various for profit businesses, his passion for the work has grown while working with St. Matthew’s House for the two years.
Giving back to the community runs through Blake’s veins. So, it should come as no surprise that his commitment as Sales and Marketing for Social Enterprises at St. Matthew’s House began as a volunteer position. In this capacity Blake creatively marketed both SMH Catering and the SMH Thrift Stores. He also assisted the team with all culinary operations in the kitchen.
In addition Blake has generously donated his time to Gulf Coast Runners, Dress for Success, and as a motivational speaker for organizations such as Big Dave’s Polar Plunge, David Lawrence Center & Drug Free Collier.
Outside of his office and the kitchen, Blake enjoys golfing, riding his motorcycle on the open road, and learning about the intricacies of fine dining.