Chef Michael St. John began his career at The Desmond in 1981 as a line cook for Scrimshaw, and has held the title of Executive Chef since 1983. He received his Food & Beverage Manager certification from Cornell University in 1996, and has been awarded the prestigious designation of Certified Executive Chef by the American Culinary Federation.
In his position as Executive Chef, Michael is responsible for the staff development and menu design of the two restaurants at The Desmond –Simpson’s and The Tavern. He is also responsible for all food and beverage operations and events at the hotel, including weddings, conferences and business meetings.
A point of pride for Chef St. John’s team was the recognition of Scrimshaw with the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Rating for five consecutive years, 2010 through 2014, before Scrimshaw transitioned into private dining. Michael also takes great interest in the development of young adults pursuing careers in culinary arts. He has mentored many students from area colleges including Paul Smith’s and Schenectady County Community College, and has recruited and trained members of the community for work in the culinary field through organizations such as Job Corps.
A lifelong area resident, Chef Michael resides with his family in Loudonville.