CraftWorks Holdings, a restaurant company with 390 locations across 40 states, has tapped culinary expert and chef Jason Brumm to serve as Vice President of Culinary for the Brewery and Specialty restaurant division. In this position, Brumm, will be responsible for developing fresh and dynamic menus for Rock Bottom, Gordon Biersch, Chophouse, A1A, Big River, Bluewater Grill, Ragtime, Seven Bridges and Sing Sing, which are among CraftWorks’ leading concepts.
Prior to joining CraftWorks Holdings, Brumm served in top culinary positions at iconic, Nashville-based, multi-concept hospitality groups – A. Ray Hospitality and Strategic Hospitality. His role as Culinary Director extended to brands including M.L. Rose Craft Burgers & Beer, Von Elrod’s Beer Garden & Sausage House, The Sutler Saloon, Melrose Billiard Parlor, and Rambler Cocktail Bar.
“Throughout his career, Jason has introduced pioneering, delicious food that has come to define many beloved and respected restaurant concepts,” says Hazem Ouf, Chairman and CEO of CraftWorks Holdings. “This innovative culinary approach will play a pivotal role for Craftworks’ brands as we emphasize quality and differentiation in our menu offerings to respond to the evolving tastes of our guests. We are thrilled that Jason will be part of our leadership team during this exciting time for Craftworks Holdings and look forward to unveiling exceptional new menus and food programs across our brands.”
Previously, Brumm was also the Culinary Operations Director for Strategic Hospitality where he oversaw food programs at Merchants, Pinewood Social, Paradise Park Trailer Resort, Le Sel, and The Band Box. Brumm’s original and acclaimed menu items have been featured in publications such as Bon Appetit, Men’s Health, Robb Report and Zagat. His television appearances include “Unique Eats” on the Cooking Channel and he has competed in and won the “Chef Wanted” series with Anne Burrell on the Food Network. Jason attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. Post-graduation he headed abroad to work in Michelin-starred kitchens in Toulouse, France and further enhanced his education in Rome, Florence and Sardinia, Italy.
“I’m thrilled to be joining the Craftworks Holdings leadership team at such an exciting time in the company’s evolution and bringing a fresh culinary perspective and passion for food to this iconic brand,” adds Brumm. “We have a unique opportunity to share our passion for hospitality with our guests and team members through innovative and creative menus and ingredients.”