22-year-old executive chef offers career advice

MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE RGH Hospitality has appointed 22-year-old Jason Jette as the new executive chef of Hilton Garden Inn Manchester Downtown.

“Jason’s passion for good food ensures that he’ll bring a fresh approach to the Hilton Garden Inn Manchester’s two restaurants, The Patio and The Pavilion,” says RGH President Glenn Hardman.

Jette began cooking in his family’s kitchen with his older brother, a line chef, when he was eight years old. Upon graduation from Southern New Hampshire University’s culinary program, he held positions as a line cook at Stonehedge Inn in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts and as a line cook and banquet sous chef at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nashua, New Hampshire.

Jette is looking forward to adding his personal touch to Hilton Garden Inn Manchester Downtown’s restaurants. “I intend to elevate the level of food and service at The Patio and The Pavillion in order to make both destinations for hotel guests and Manchester residents,” he says.

He also intends to grow the catering division of the hotel. “Our unique location overlooking a ball field and delicious cuisine makes us the ideal choice for small parties and business meetings,” he says.

What advice does he have for other aspiring young chefs? “Don’t take anything for granted,” Jette says. “The harder you work at a younger age, the more successful you will be when you become older. You want to get your name out there. Get yourself in front of talented chefs, work with them and market yourself. Doing so will only better you and your future. It is also crucial to build a great team around you—I’m doing so at the Hilton Garden Inn Manchester Downtown.”

The hotel is owned by Roedel Companies, RGH Hospitality’s parent company.