Sam CalderbankDirector of Operations, East Coast
As Director of Operations of the East Coast for Chef Keller’s restaurants, Sam provides direction and insight to ensure the consistency in the day-to-day operations of Per Se, The Surf Club Restaurant, and TAK Room. Additionally, he assists in providing direction to the New York City locations of Bouchon Bakery.
Prior to this position, Sam assumed the role of general manager of Per Se in July 2016 after serving as the assistant general manager since August of 2014. His finesse in running Per Se has led to ensuring the quality of guest experiences. Sam originally joined Per Se in 2009 and quickly moved up the ranks within the service team, ascending to the role of maître d’ in 2012 before his management roles. Throughout Sam’s tenure he has shown great commitment to Chef Keller’s standards and philosophy.
Sam, a native of north-west England, began his career in his hometown of Liverpool. He broadened his experience with roles in Galway, Ireland and London, where he worked for Chef Gordon Ramsay and Chef Jason Atherton as a restaurant manager of Maze.
Sam is known for his work ethic and great understanding of how to provide excellent service; for this leadership, he was named to Zagat’s 30 Under 30 in 2013.