Meet Our Staff

Meet Our Staff

Welcome to the Rattlesnake Club, Detroit’s premier riverfront restaurant. Serving as the GM of The Rattlesnake Club, I’ve had the honored opportunity to welcome thousands to taste the passion of Detroit cuisine.

With the highest quality ingredients, seasonal menus, and exceptional service standards, we hope you enjoy every course you’re presented. To ensure your visit meets every expectation, we’ve assembled some of the finest talent in the industry. From our experienced culinary staff creating award-winning cuisine to our private dining department coordinating memorable events, our team is here to serve you.


Maria Papp
General Manager


Executive Chef – Jeff Lanctot: Chef Lanctot brought his enthusiastic and hard-working spirit to The Rattlesnake’s kitchen in 2004. Prior to manning the stoves at the Rattlesnake, Jeff was the Sous Chef at Brookshire Country Club in Okemos, Michigan, and worked for the acclaimed Chuck Muer organization at Dearborn’s Big Fish. Jeff is also actively involved with the State of Michigan’s “Team Michigan” as a chef-instructor for school lunch programs all across the state. Email –


Bar and Wine Cellar

Bar Manager – Farouk Elhaje 1991-2018: With over 30 years experience in the downtown scene, Farouk is one of Detroit’s most iconic bartenders. From happy hour cocktails to celebratory martinis his beverage knowledge, clever banter, and storytelling was sure to give your trip to our bar an extra shot of enjoyment. Read more about Farouk in the August 2013 issue of HOUR Detroit Magazine.

Bar Manager – Brandon Terry

Wine Director – Maria Papp: Born in Budapest, Hungary, Maria began learning about wine and food from her grandparents. Her grandfather owned a small but well-known vineyard at Lake Balaton that supplied all of the wines for her grandmother’s deli. In 1983, Maria moved to Austria and worked in a vineyard bottling lots of Blau Frankisch and Gruner Veltliner. She also spent time in a private cooking school in Paris and did a stage (basically an unpaid internship) at a high-end restaurant in Belgium to learn more about fine dining.  Following her husband’s transfer to Indiana, Maria joined the Marriott team as an assistant manager for 8 years. Her passion for locally-grown foods led her to a local farmer in Roanoke, Indiana who owned the acclaimed Joseph Decuis, a farm-to-table restaurant and wine shop. Maria served as the assistant general manager and headed up the wine store there for over 10 years, where she also learned about raising Wagyu beef and Mangalitza pork. Maria received her level-one certification from the Guild of Master Sommeliers in 2004. She continues to learn more every day and hopes to earn her level-two certification very soon. Email –

Events and Marketing

Director of Catering Sales- Michelle Taylor: Known for her attention to detail, creativity, and passion for delivering more-than-expected, Michelle and her team have earned numerous accolades and much gratitude from happy newlyweds, corporation heads, and charitable organizations alike. To contact Michelle regarding hosting an event at The Rattlesnake Club, please complete our form here. Email –

Catering Sales Manager – Alina Rosca

To contact Alina regarding hosting an event at The Rattlesnake Club, please complete our form here. Email –


Interesting in joining our team? Visit our careers page for more info.

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Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2015 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2016 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2017 DiRoNA Achievement of Distinction in Dining OpenTable Diners' Choice 2015TripAdvisor 2016 Certificate of Excellence


Tuesday-Thursday 11:30AM - 9PM
Friday 11:30AM - 10PM
Saturday 5:30PM - 10PM
Sunday-Monday Closed


300 River Place Drive
Detroit, MI 48207