Mr. Gillespie is the Director of Culinary for JBH Advisory Group. He was previously the Vice President of Culinary Operations for Dean & Deluca in the US. He developed the menu and all recipes for Dean & Deluca’s first restaurant, Dean & Deluca Stage, which opened in NYC’s meatpacking district in April 2019. He also was part of the development and oversaw the building of Dean & Deluca’s second 12,000 SQFT commissary in NYC for all the retail markets and catering department’s operations. He was one of the creators of Bonmi Restaurant, a fast-casual Vietnamese/Banh Mi sandwich shop with two locations in Manhattan. Bonmi was voted #8 on FastCasual.com Top 100 Movers & Shakers list for 2016. While growing Bonmi’s locations, he opened four Bonmi units within four different Whole Foods Markets locations in NYC and New Jersey.
Buddy has twenty-five years of experience in restaurants and hospitality markets with past projects that include fast casual restaurant development, kitchen design, creation of operational policies and procedures, financial assessment, menu and recipe development, operational assessment, manager recruitment and manager training. Much of his career has been involvement with new store openings and research & development of recipes for restaurants, high end retail markets and food production commissaries. He has worked for restaurant and consulting companies including: Dean & Deluca, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Houston’s/Hillstone Restaurants, Dave and Buster's, Loreley Restaurant & Biergarten, Wychmere Harbor Beach and Tennis Club and Little Caesar's Pizza.