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John Verderame

John Verderame


John Verderame began his career earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts. He successfully navigated the restaurant industry for almost twenty years in New York City in many high profile front and back-of-house roles.  Verderame has helped develop and execute concepts, designed spaces, and expertly crafted food and beverage menus and wine lists. He was the Assistant Director for the Patina Group at Rockefeller Center overseeing over 500 seats across multiple restaurants, bars and event spaces. He has held high profile management positions in New York Times rated restaurants for B&B Hospitality, owned by “Master Chef” Joseph Bastianich and celebrated Chef Lidia Bastianich. He was also was instrumental in opening and operating three-star V Steakhouse and Perry Street for Internationally Acclaimed Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. During his last three years in New York City, he was a prominent wine and spirts consultant and brand representative for Breakthru Beverage focusing his efforts on Restaurants and Hotels.

After leaving New York In 2010, Verderame changed directions and earned a Master of Science in Education with a concentration in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment. He spent seven years as a highly qualified teacher both in Tampa, Florida and in Fort Collins for Poudre School District. Additionally, he and his wife co-owned a national tutoring franchise in Northern Colorado for two years.  

Verderame recently employs both his hospitality and education expertise as an Instructor at Front Range Community College in the Business and Hospitality Management department where he wears his chef whites instructing college students in culinary arts coursework, cost controls, purchasing, and management. Verderame’s diverse and lengthy experience in the industry working with prestigious and elite Chefs and restaurateurs from concept to opening and expansion makes him a valuable mentor. His ability to hire, train and develop staff, and to teach management how to ‘see what the guest sees’ creates a new standard of service for an unforgettable experience. 

John and his wife Jessica love spending time with their two young daughters exploring all of which Colorado has to offer – one bite at a time! 

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