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.

Matthew McManus, Manager

Originally from Pittsburgh (go Steelers!), Matthew came to Florida in 2017 with family. “I’m Italian and Irish and was always in the kitchen with my grandmother making homemade gnocchi, sauce and meatballs. I have the pictures of me with flour on my face to prove it!” Matthew’s love of cooking led him to being trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Minneapolis. He has worked in both back and front of house previously with Marriott as food & beverage manager. Matthew loves walking his dog, Nacho (there’s a food theme here), and hanging with family at the beach. Love of food runs in the family; he may even open his own family-run restaurant someday.

  • 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.

  • Ellen Hale, Manager and Concierge for the Bon Appetit Group

Ellen Hale, Concierge for Bon Appétit Group

Ellen Hale, born and raised in New Jersey, is one of the Front of House managers at Bon Appétit and has been at Bon Appétit Restaurant for nearly 10 years. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin and spent her pre-restaurant career working in retail management and AMF bowling center management in the midwest. Now that she is at Bon Appétit, Ellen’s responsibilities include guest relations and helping the hostess station, making her a friendly, recognizable face to our guests. Ellen also has business affiliation achievements and participates in Dunedin’s Business Networking International (BNI) chapter and Downtown Dunedin Merchants Association. When she steps outside our doors, Ellen is an avid bowler and enjoys traveling, theater, sports and the company of her friends.