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Bob Statler

Award-Winning Mega Yacht Chef, James Beard Foundation Chef's Boot Camp Alumni, Director of Hospitality - Harbor Chase Cordova

Work History


Who is Chef Bob?

A direct descendant of EM Statler of Statler Hotel fame (once operator of the largest hotel in the word) he has hospitality deep in his veins.  After winning 2nd place at the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show's "Surf & Turf Chef's Competition" (largest boat show in the world) he solidified his place as one of Florida's  cutting edge, locally-focused chefs. His farm-to-table restaurant won 11 awards before the pandemic closed the doors. In addition to serving as head chef on super yachts, he has learned from and helped open restaurants with James Beard Foundation's "Best Chef in America"- Chef Allen Susser.

Chef Bob's passion for supporting local producers has led him to volunteer as a board member for Slow Food USA (a non-profit). In this capacity he serves as a leader among chefs to encourage the adoption of more local goods.  His interests include Scuba diving for invasive lionfish,  wild foraging local native ingredients, lacto-fermentation, BBQ, and Koji alchemy. While showcasing his talent through world-wide influences he seamlessly melds our native, seasonal offerings into culinary delight.  "It's Love at 1st Bite!".

STCW Certified!

Recent Highlights:

-James Beard Foundation Chef's Boot Camp Alumni.

- Slow Food Board Member and "Chef Liaison" for Gold & Treasure
Coast Chapters.

-2nd Place at Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show's "Surf & Turf Chef's

-Bacardi Rum @ Art Basel 2018

-Panelist for Slow Food Florida State Conference

-Longines Global Champions Tour- South Beach, Miami

-Palm Beach County School Board's Technology Conference
w/600 attendees

-Palm Beach Post Newspaper "#1 Thing To Do" feature for my Historic
Dinner for Charity

Harbor Chase Cordova

May 2021Present

Director of Hospitality

Promoted and tasked with building on the success achieved at Germantown with our companies newest brand new community. 

Was told by our first resident that "He'd eaten at the Prince's palace in Dubai and preferred my cuisine to anything he's ever eaten. "

Harbor Chase Germantown

March 2020May 2021

Director of Hospitality

Director of Hospitality for a brand new assisted
living & memory care community known as the industry leader in luxury senior living.

Recruited from FL to move here for this role.

Utilizes a bounty of local/seasonal produce, fruits and artisanal goods.

Exceeds 50% occupancy in 1st year while in the midst of a global pandemic. Hospitality outreach and reputation helps growth. 

Farm to Table on Ocean Blvd.


Executive Chef/Co-Owner

Globally inspired, locally sourced cuisine served in a modern & bright 100 Seat Restaurant with Full Bar. We won 11 diners choice awards on after our 1st year.  Served more locally sourced ingredient than any restaurant in the county. 

Business was closed due to the pandemic and a dishonest business partner, whom I have forgiven. 

M/Y VISION- 60M Westport Mega-Yacht


Head Chef

Works as a member of the team- helping with lines, standing watch or whatever is needed.  Delivers top-of-category cuisine that exceeds the Owner's expectations.  Maintains a spotless galley. 

Food Island Catering Corp



"Handcrafted, Gourmet, Organic Catering"

Providing healthy, delicious, nutritious, inspired food prepared with 5
Star techniques, at some of the finest venues in S. Fl.

Summer Sports Camps for Kids- Michigan '15 & New Hampshire '16 on 500 Acre Private Island


Served as Head Chef at 2 different Camps for the same company.

Managed, Motivated Trained teams of over 40 International workers with very diverse backgrounds assembled for just that summer. 

Taught and Certified all food workers in Safe Food Handling Procedures.

Kids in dining hall would chant "We Love Chef Bob" of their own accord. 

D.I.G. Doing it Green


Head Chef

Managed all BOH aspects for a 200 seat Organic Restaurant. Created innovative new dishes with accordant cost analysis and pricing/portioning guidelines to achieve profitability. 

Chef Allen Susser


Kitchen Manager/Restaurant Opening Team Lead

Worked, Learned and Opened restaurants with Chef Allen who was named "Best Chef in America" several times. 

Bella Vita Trattoria Italiano


Chef & Manager

Responsible for all aspects of restaurant operations from FOH to BOH. Cooked all dishes, trained/managed employees, recruited and hired new staff.

GreenWorld Realty



Full-Service, Sustainability Focused, Real Estate Brokerage with 15 Real Estate Agents.

Reunion Resort and Club, Ginn Sur Mer


Senior Sales Executive

Responsible for all aspects of the sales process from prospecting to closed sale. 100% Commission.

My team and I set the real estate sales record for the entire Nation with $376 Million sold in one weekend.

Statler Signs and Advan Advertising, LLCs


Senior Sales Executive/Site Acquisition Specialist

Managed and sold all aspects of transit advertising for 2 counties and many billboards.

Researched, explored and analysed new sites for potential acquisition and financial viability 



Supervisor- Unload & Preload

Responsible for 15 employees and 45 package trucks. Worked the 3:00am-8:00am shift before going to class.

Bob's Lawn Care



Serviced residential and commercial accounts with a staff of 3 part-time employees during high-school.




Basic Seamanship

Firefighting, First-Aid, CPR, Basic Survival Techniques, Etc. 



Health Certification stating my physical worthiness to work aboard a seafaring vessel. In the event of a fire, we are the fire department. 

University of Pittsburgh


BS- Business Management

Played and Coached on Golf team from '02-'04

Palm Beach Atlantic University


Associate Degree- Marketing

Was Supervisor at UPS for scholarship assistance (3:00a.m.-8:00a.m. M-S)

Greater Works Academy


H.S. Diploma

National Honor Society 


Harvard University- Online Certification


Exercising Leadership:

Foundational Principles



Serve Safe Food Saftey Manager

Quantum Metric


CPD- Continuous Product Design

A better way to operate



Advanced Open Water Diver Certification