Meet Our Staff
Welcome to the Rattlesnake Club, Detroit’s premiere riverfront restaurant. Having served as the GM of The Rattlesnake Club for over 15 years, 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.
General Manager, Rattlesnake Club Detroit
Executive Chef – Christopher Franz: Chef Chris joined The Rattlesnake Club in Detroit in 2001 after serving as Executive Chef at Jimmy’s in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, where he worked alongside renowned chef and founder Jimmy Schmidt for over 10 years creating and producing award-winning cuisine throughout the world. Email – firstname.lastname@example.orgChef de Cuisine – 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 – email@example.com
Bar and Wine Cellar
Bar Manager – Farouk Elhaje: 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 will give your trip to our bar an extra shot of enjoyment. Read more about Farouk in the August 2013 issue of HOUR Detroit Magazine.
Events and Marketing
Private Events & Catering Manager – Amy Cassel: Known for her attention to detail, creativity, and passion for delivering more-than-expected, Amy and her team have earned numerous accolades and much gratitude from happy newlyweds, corporation heads, and charitable organizations alike. To contact Amy regarding hosting an event at The Rattlesnake Club, please complete our form here. Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Marketing Director – Alexandria Franz: Following her passion for food, wine, and entertaining, Alex joined the Rattlesnake team in 2000. Today, she serves as our Marketing Director and arranges our wine & beer events, public relations and advertising while keeping you updated through our social media channels and this website. Email – email@example.com
Interesting in joining our team? Visit our careers page for more info.