Succeeding in the Restaurant Industry: The Chef Geoff Story

Posted in: Alumni Career Services- Dec 11, 2011 Comments Off on Succeeding in the Restaurant Industry: The Chef Geoff Story

Online webinar
Thursday, January 5, 2012, 12:30 – 1:30pm

Twelve years ago, a 27 year old kid with a theology degree opened a restaurant without much money or experience and began an entrepreneurial journey that has turned out pretty well. Come hear how a job as a busboy, Vital Vittles, and general ignorance were essential contributors to his business that has grown to six restaurant with 300+ employee and more than 20 million in revenue. Geoff will share what he has learned about entrepreneurialism, passion, branding, restaurants, and life.

Geoff (C’95) graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in theology. He then went on to graduate first in his class at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. Geoff opened Chef Geoff’s in 2000 and Chef Geoff’s Downtown in 2002. Both were opened before he reached the age of 30. In 2006 Geoff opened his third restaurant, LIA’S in Chevy Chase, MD. In late 2008 Geoff opened Hank’s Tavern & Eats in Hyattsville, MD. He operates the 200 seat restaurant in partnership with his brother Chris Tracy. Geoff’s fifth restaurant, Chef Geoff’s Tysons Corner opened in 2009 in Vienna, VA. Geoff oversees kitchen and dining room operations as well as managing the concept, menu development, marketing, finances, and growth at each of the restaurants. The restaurants serve 750,000 guests every year and employ nearly 300 people. Geoff is also the co-author of the New York Times Best Seller, Baby Love. As an active member of the community, Geoff serves as an executive on the board of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington. In 2006, the National Restaurant Association awarded Chef Geoff’s The Best Neighbor Award for its contributions to the community. In 2009 Geoff was awarded Albert Uster “Chef of the Year Award”. Geoff is also a member of the Washington Baltimore chapter of the Young Presidents Organization. Geoff is extraordinarily fortunate to be married to CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent Norah O’Donnell (C’95, S’03).

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