Since 1000 NORTH’s conception, Chef Lee Morris has been responsible for the flavor-driven cuisine guests have come to crave. It did not take long for management to realize that Chef Morris was destined for an even greater role. Now, as culinary director and general manager, Morris not only develops creative coastal dishes, but also ensures that guests have the best possible experience every time they visit.
Morris’ passion for gastronomy began at a young age. At Johnson & Wales University’s Charleston, S.C., campus, he pursued degrees in the culinary arts, and food and beverage management. Morris’ stint in the South gave him an appreciation for modern, Low Country cuisine, and a desire to create sophisticated comfort food.
Morris’ undeniable talent has transported him to notable culinary outlets, including The Palm, Hillstone Restaurant Group, and the Hall Management Group, and led him to open the ultra-trendy BrickTop’s. Morris emerged from the kitchen as a leader due to his ability to implement ideas and positively influence his co-workers.
Today, when he’s not inspiring his staff to exceed guests’ expectations, Morris enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife Page, daughter McKesson, and Luke, the family’s Boykin spaniel.
Chef Jason Van Bomel’s exemplary work and creative ideas paved the way to his executive chef position. He joined 1000 NORTH in 2017 as a sous chef. His talents were immediately recognized and Chef Van Bomel quickly climbed the ranks; first to chef de cuisine, and now, executive chef.
Van Bomel is by no means new to the culinary world. He brings nearly three decades of experience and a broad range of styles to the table. Van Bomel graduated from the Florida Culinary Institute, then mastered his techniques at luxury hotels in Australia, London, and Palm Beach. His international experiences have fueled his passion for introducing guests to unique flavors from faraway places.
Having held a variety of culinary positions, Van Bomel understands that motivating his team and elevating staff morale inspire quality service, therefore creating a better experience for guests.
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