Bad Daddy’s has announced the appointments of John Masterson as culinary director and Dave Wallmann as beverage director, elevating its commitment to delivering unparalleled experiences.
With a 13-year history at Bad Daddy’s, Masterson has been an instrumental force in shaping the culinary landscape of the restaurant. Masterson’s journey to becoming the driving force behind the restaurant’s food offerings, from his initial role at Paco’s Tacos & Tequila to his recent position as a multi-unit manager and culinary leader, has been extraordinary. His dedication and leadership have been pivotal in steering the ship through challenges, including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I’m pumped to take on the culinary helm at Bad Daddy’s,” says Masterson. “This is an incredible opportunity to redefine the burger experience for our guests and allow them to discover fresh flavors and unique creations that leave a lasting impression.”
Masterson’s culinary philosophy revolves around expressing gratitude to the communities served. His diverse background and passion for flavor exploration ensure the culinary journey at Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar moving forward will be exciting and unforgettable.
Wallmann, an integral part of the Bad Daddy’s family for eight years, is continually raising the bar — making him the perfect fit for the role of beverage director. His time at Purdue University, coupled with culinary adventures across Hawai‘i and beyond, sparked his passion and sense of innovation in creating exceptional experiences.
“At Bad Daddy’s, we are crafting a lively space where friends and families come together to unwind, celebrate and create lasting memories,” says Wallmann. “I’m stoked to lead the charge in ensuring that each drink is an experience in and of itself. From unique cocktails to ice-cold beers and specialty mocktails, we aim for Bad Daddy’s to be the go-to destination for awesome, strong drinks and providing something for everyone to sip on.”
In Wallmann’s hands, Bad Daddy’s is a place where flavors come to life — every visit feels like an adventure with great food, distinctive drinks and great company.
The appointments of Masterson and Wallmann mark a significant step in Bad Daddy’s journey to redefine the culinary and beverage landscape. While both have worked shoulder-to-shoulder with managers and employees, they have also increased revenue at locations they oversaw.
“There’s no better dynamic duo to take us to the next level,” says Bad Daddy’s CEO Ryan Zink. “Their energy, expertise and passion for the brand, along with culinary and beverage innovation, align perfectly with our commitment to providing exceptional guest experiences. Together, they will play a crucial role in shaping the future of Bad Daddy’s, and we couldn’t be more excited about the flavorful adventures that lie ahead in our menu offerings and bar experience.”
Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar is committed to cooking delicious, made-from-scratch items in its kitchens daily. The southern-rooted concept is renowned for its signature chef-inspired burgers, such as the Bacon Cheeseburger on Steroids and the Bad Ass Burger. The flavorful menu also features giant chopped salads, specialty sides, appetizers and handspun milkshakes. The restaurant offers a full gluten-friendly menu and regional chef specials that incorporate local flavors and ingredients, along with a full bar offering an array of craft beers from regional breweries.