Meet the Team at Bon Appétit Restaurant

  • Chef, Klaus Riedl

Chef Klaus Riedl

Chef Klaus Riedl was born and raised in Dunedin, Florida. As the son of Bon Appétit Restaurant’s co-owner and executive chef, Karl Riedl, Chef Klaus got his start as a child when he would watch his father work in the kitchen.  Although he grew up in the hospitality industry, it wasn’t until he began his first job, at the age of 15, as a cook at Café Alfresco (Bon Appétit’s sister restaurant) that he discovered his true interest in pursuing a culinary career.

After high school, Chef Klaus went on to attend Johnson and Wales University in Miami to complete his culinary education. In 2008, he graduated Summa Cum Laude with an associates degree in Culinary Arts and a bachelors degree in Food Service Management. After obtaining his degree, Chef Klaus remained in Miami to build up his professional experience, notably at the renowned Timo Restaurant, working his way up from an unpaid intern to the restaurants Sous Chef in just two years’ time.

In 2014, Chef Klaus returned to where it all started, his hometown and Bon Appétit Restaurant. He joined the team as a Sous Chef, working closely with Chef Stephen Farquhar. At the end of 2017, Chef Stephen retired, passing the reigns over to Chef Klaus. Excited to move into his new role, Chef Klaus will continue to deliver the quality and excellence Bon Appétit patrons have come to expect, while adding his own unique touch. As an avid fisherman and hunter, who has traveled around the world, there will be no shortage of fascinating dishes to come. Chef Klaus’ cooking style focuses on minimal, simple, fresh ingredients. He enjoys creating beautiful dishes while using just one or two key ingredients, drawing much of his inspiration from Mediterranean and Italian cuisines.

  • Manager Christian Schrangl

Christian Schrangl, Manager

Christian was born and raised in Austria, has over 25 years’ experience in the hospitality industry and is one of the Front House Managers at Bon Appétit. After he completed his studies in Restaurant and Hotel Management, Christian decided he wanted to see more of the world. He began his hospitality career aboard cruise ships, managing Restaurant and Hotel operations. In 2002, Christian married his wife Penny and decided to trade the high seas for a home base in Port Richey, FL. When he’s not at Bon Appétit ensuring guests have an enjoyable experience, he enjoys spending time outdoors, at the beach or traveling overseas.

Sabine Helten, Manager

Born in Germany to US military parents, Sabine came to the US at 13 straight to the heart of America, in Nebraska. Sabine started working at Schlotzky’s at 16, working the drive through window, making sandwiches and later as a server at Buffalo Wild Wings. “I loved every minute of it,” she says. Sabine attended Florida State College studying sports medicine while working full time and is a certified massage therapist. She moved to the Tampa Bay Area in 2010 and worked in restaurants throughout her schooling. Restaurants were always her jam and she’s never looked back. She loves to kayak, hike, swim and “anything on the beach.” Sabine volunteers at an animal rescue and is a ‘fur mom’ to Frank, her rescue Jack Russell-Chihuaha mix, and a tuxedo rescue cat named Mischa.

  • Wedding and Events Manager

Nancy Williams, Special Events Manager

Nancy Williams is the Wedding and Special Events Manager and the one who will help you achieve your wedding vision. She has been in the hospitality industry for more than 30 years, engaging in every aspect of food and beverage, and has been with the Bon Appétit Group℠ since 2002. Nancy brings experience in private social and membership golf clubs and catering. She especially enjoys working with brides and grooms to ensure that all the finer details are in place and their special day is truly one to remember. Nancy coordinates our yearly waterfront bridal showcases with local professional wedding vendors to make sure the brides receive only the best the industry has to offer. In her spare time, Nancy enjoys family genealogy, gardening, reupholstering, cooking and baking. You can find her at the local thrift store turning someone’s junk into another person’s treasure.

Alberto Santos, Banquet Manager

Alberto Santos, originally from Mexico, has been with Bon Appetit for over 30 years. He began in the kitchen and worked his way up to Bon Appétit Restaurant’s banquet captain. As banquet captain, Alberto transforms your special requests into an event that runs efficiently. When he isn’t working on special events, he helps run the restaurant during regular hours to make your dining experience run as smoothly as a special event at Bon Appétit. Alberto is an avid cycler and member of a bicycle club. If you see him on the road, be sure to wave.

Rob Hubert, Front of House Manager

Originally hailing from Setauket, New York, Rob is one of the only northerners we know to have truly embraced the tropical Florida climate! Prior to moving to Florida, he was the owner/operator of a local travel inn in Vermont. “We have been visiting Dunedin since my sister-in-law moved here 12 years ago,” Rob explains, “since the first time we were here my wife and I fell in love with the beauty and charm of the town and surrounding area.” With plans to retire, Rob found himself missing the days of hospitality management and applied for a job with Bon Appétit. “I would still be retired if I wasn’t working here,” Rob says. He loves being surrounded by amazing food and a dedicated team. “The legacy is amazing,” he says, “there is simply no better setting for dining in all of Pinellas County.”

  • Ellen standing on Bon Appetit's pier.

Ellen Hale, Concierge for Bon Appétit Group

Ellen Hale has served Bon Appétit Group in a variety of roles since she first joined the team in 2005. A valued communicator, Ellen is the designated staff liaison for a number of organizations. For more than a decade she has held the BNI Success Alliance’s Event Venue Seat and has recently been named to the board of the Dunedin Chamber of Commerce. She is also an active member of VisitDunedin, Downtown Dunedin Merchants Association, AMPLIFY Clearwater, the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, and Skål Tampa Bay. Hailing from New Jersey, she regales us with tales of her travels – both foreign and domestic. This summer she traveled to Chicago, New Orleans, and New York City! A University of Wisconsin alum, Ellen makes her alma mater proud as a shining star in the hospitality industry and a leader among her peers.

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