OUR TEAM

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Chef Russ Aaron Simon

Now embraced by yachts cruising along the Intracoastal, and a swanky dining room open to the bustling water activity with Instagram ready sunsets at GG’s Waterfront, Chef Russ Aaron Simon has cooked in some of the top kitchens in the Wolfgang Puck collection around the world; from Spago Beverly Hills to CUT by Wolfgang Puck in Singapore. In 2015 Chef Russ returned home to Hollywood and a year later opened American English Kitchen + Bar. After two years ago of critical acclaim for his sophisticated rendering of comfort food he caught the attention of owners Dan and Lise-Ann Serafini who later sought him out to command the kitchen at GG’s.

 

Pastry Chef Dani Veit

Hailing from Miami, FL, Dani Veit entered the culinary world as an extension of creativity. Making a name for herself as an artist, she switched to a career that placed her right next to a mixer. Her first break was 9 years ago with Strategic Hospitality, hired on by then culinary director Jason Brumm, who, by the way, saw her at a deli and asked if she wanted a job not knowing skill level or interest in sugar. Dani’s home base was Merchants which taught her everything she needed to know about kitchen life. She branched out to other Strategic properties such as Le Sel & Pinewood Social. Dani is now the executive Pastry Chef at The Old School Farm to Table, where she utilizes only the freshest ingredients and works within the parameters nature sets.

For the past decade, she has tested the limits of her creativity in the form of pies, cookies, cakes and more. Her menus incorporate nontraditional flavor combinations and are constantly changing to honor the local agriculture of Nashville, TN. Dani has been celebrated amongst her peers and dessert enthusiasts alike.

In 2018, Dani has started experimenting with CBD baking and has found great success in this new culinary world. Her passion for helping others gets to shine!

 

Nancy Berry – Director of Events

With a marketing and customer service-oriented career that took her from New York to St. Louis, Chicago and South Florida and has included the world of thoroughbred racing to hi-end lifestyle publishing and top positions at retailers like the May Company, Nancy Berry brings a diverse set of skills and a keen understanding of guest needs to her position of Events Director at GG’s. She arrived after a successful 5-year stint as the Marketing Manager for Racing at Gulfstream Park in Aventura.

 

Spiro Kommatas – General Manager

Spiro Kommatas, GG’s General Manager, brings a wide array of experience and creative passion to his job.  As a youth he’d spend summers in Greece on his family farm was the start of his lifelong love of food. After a stint in broadcasting and photography, he returned to his first love of food and completed chef’s training at George Brown Culinary College.  He worked in kitchens and the front of the house eventually taking a position on the opening team of “Baton Rouge” – a division of a regional chain operator in Canada.  Spiro also owned a Nickles Diner franchise (which was a concept of Celine Dion) and eventually sold that and two sandwich shops to move to Florida in 2010.  He met the Serafini’s and started working at GG’s shortly after arriving in South Florida.