David Miller, Managing Owner
Concept Design and Managing owner of Elements at Water Street, David’s credentials include a bachelors degree in Culinary Arts, a 20-year CEC chef certification, 20-year American Culinary Federation status, wine certification from the CIA in Napa Valley, founder and owner of the 22-year well know catering company, Chef By Request. David resides on the College of DuPage Hospitality Advisory Board, the Naperville Chamber Board of Directors, Presidents Circle for North Central College and a gracious contributor to 11 local charity organizations. Led by passion and enthusiasm, David’s Element of Surprise awaits you.
Cheryl Cady, Director of Sales & Catering
Cheryl has 20+ years experience in travel & hospitality, beginning her career with American Airlines and venturing to Hotel Sales & Catering. She has worked in Limited Service, Select Service, Full Service Resorts and Boutique Hotels. As a Hilton service award winner, she will ensure you are given the special attention in booking a First Class event at Elements.
Zachery Rogers, Executive Chef
Zac earned an associate degree in the Culinary Arts from Le Cordon Bleu Atlanta. Upon graduating with honors, he moved to Chicago to cook for the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, a Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond award-winning hotel property. During Zac’s eight years working for the Four Seasons, he worked in the property’s banquet kitchen, main kitchen, and garde manger kitchen. He began as a culinary-school extern and left the hotel as a sous chef. Zac helped the hotel’s fine-dining restaurant, Seasons, earn its first-ever Michelin Star. In May of 2016 Zac joined Dave Miller’s catering operation, Chef By Request, and soon after evolved to be the Executive Chef of Elements at Water Street.
Stephanie Molfese, Sous Chef
Stephanie learned the importance of cooking at a young age while watching her Nonna and Mom in the kitchen preparing meals to bring the family together. She attended Culinary School at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and upon graduation she started her career at Walt Disney World. Stephanie has since worked her way up the kitchen ranks as a cook at the Waldorf Astoria to the Garde Manger lead at Swissotel, leading her here as the Sous Chef of Elements at Water Street. Stephanie has a great passion for travel, as she feels it is a far better educator than the pages of a text book. For her, it’s about making connections and having experiences that she could never put a price tag on.
Heather Young, Pastry Chef
Long time Naperville Chef, Heather Young, has returned home. After a run in Phoenix and Scottsdale as Pastry Chef to some of the trendiest new hot spots, her new role began at Elements opening as Pastry Chef. Focussed on seasonal ingredients, Heather blends sweet and savory to her unique pastry items, while also taking on new challenges for clients to reach further into her creative talent.
Molly Flowers, Banquet Manager
Hard work, proper planning and genuine care is what really brings everything together. Whether you have planned a corporate meeting, or an elegant wedding, Molly ensures all arrangements are finalized by leading the service team and assuming the role of your onsite contact. Making your vision a reality is Molly’s core mission here at Elements.