Thursday, September 10, 2015

Ray’s in the City Welcomes Back Dean Berthelot as Executive Chef

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Downtown Restaurant's Founding Chef Returns to the Kitchen He Started

ATLANTA (September 10, 2015) – Dean Berthelot's new toque already feels very comfortable and familiar, and that's because he's returning to the restaurant he helped open as a shining star on the Downtown Atlanta restaurant scene 12 years ago.  Ray's Restaurants is proud to announce that Berthelot has returned to helm the kitchen as executive chef of Ray's in the City.   
"Dean was an integral part of shaping the menu and fine dining experience at Ray's in the City, and we are so happy to have him back with us," says Ray's Restaurants founder Ray Schoenbaum. "We know he will pick up right where he left off, delighting guests and bringing out the best in our menu and our team."  

A Louisiana native, Berthelot began his culinary career in 1991 as an apprentice to an award-winning French chef at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in New Orleans, parlaying that into a permanent position at the hotel's fine dining restaurant, Begue’s.  In 1995, Berthelot accepted his first executive chef position at New Orleans’ House of Blues, opening six restaurants for the company.
He moved to Atlanta in 2001 with The Cheesecake Factory but made his way to Ray’s on the River in 2003 as executive sous chef.  Later that year, Schoenbaum tapped the chef to lead his new downtown restaurant, Ray’s in the City. Berthelot left in 2010 to serve as executive chef for the four Google facilities located around Atlanta.  Five years later, he now returns to lead the culinary team at Ray’s in the City once again, with a mission to take the dining experience to new heights.
"Being a chef and working in a world-class restaurant like Ray's in the City is a privilege," says Berthelot. "I feel blessed for the opportunity to turn my cooking hobby into a career and to share my passion with our guests every day." 

Berthelot is also passionate about his wife of over 20 years, his two teenage daughters, two cats and two dogs - including a very special Chihuahua named "Cocoa Bean," his beloved LSU sports teams and the New Orleans Saints. 

About Ray’s Restaurants
Ray’s Restaurants include Ray’s on the River, Ray’s in the City, Ray’s at Killer Creek and Ray's Rio Bravo. Ray’s on the River is open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch and is located at 6700 Powers Ferry Road in Sandy Springs; 770-955-1187. Ray’s in the City is open for lunch and dinner and is located at 240 Peachtree Street NW in Downtown Atlanta; 404-524-9224. Ray’s at Killer Creek is open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch and is located at 1700 Mansell Road in Alpharetta; 770-649-0064. Ray's Rio Bravo is open for lunch and dinner and is located at 6450 Powers Ferry Road in Sandy Springs; 770-612-2829. For more information, visit


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