First Watch Restaurants, Inc.
Born and raised in a small town just outside of Tampa, FL, Shane has been in the industry since the age of 14. He has worked in all facets of the industry from small, locally owned casual dining spots to high end hotels and everything in between.
After graduating from Johnson & Wales University, Shane went on to work at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach before returning home to the Tampa area to work as pastry chef, catering chef and eventually sous chef of Café Ponte in Clearwater. From there, Shane made the jump to the corporate world and worked as the corporate chef for Front Burner Brands: The Melting Pot, Burger 21 and GrillSmith. He helped develop menu items and traveled, opening restaurants in Canada, Mexico, Riyadh, KSA, Dubai, UAE, and Jakarta, Indonesia.
Shane moved on to First Watch Restaurants, Inc. in 2014 and has been working on revamping the existing regular menu and seasonal feature menu offerings along with fine tuning some of the already fantastic fresh and healthy menu items. First Watch is known for its out-of-the-box approach to breakfast, brunch and lunch while still maintaining a health halo around many of its menu items. Shane has found a great home in the First Watch family and thoroughly enjoys being able to create menu items that push the envelope while still balancing healthy with great tasting food.
Shane lives in Bradenton, FL, with his wife, Lisa, and their two children, Jackson and Olive. He enjoys spending time on the Gulf of Mexico, collecting tattoos and cooking at home for his family while continuing his exploration of other cultures and food around the world.