New executive chef arrives at Rooster and the Till, Tampa’s Bib Gourmand restaurant

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Chef Martin Dejesus | Photo via Proper House Group

Rooster & The Till (6500 N Florida Ave) is one of the most acclaimed restaurants in Tampa, and it received a Bib Gourmand Award from The MICHELIN Guide in 2022 and 2023. The hottest restaurant in Tampa just announced the arrival of a new executive chef, Martin Dejesus. Dejesus most recently served as chef de cuisine at Haven, part of the Bern’s family of restaurants.

Chef Martin has honed his culinary skills over 15 years, focusing on vegetable-forward cooking, whole animal butchery, aging,
preservation and modern cooking techniques. His innovative and skillful approach to blending diverse flavors and textures has garnered him critical acclaim, establishing him as one of the industry’s most talented and sought after chefs.


Chef Martin Dejesus cooks with passion in Tampa

“I love feeding people and strive for that love to be communicated on every plate,” said Chef Martin. “This restaurant has established itself as a culinary gem in Tampa, and I am excited to contribute my skills and expertise to further enhance its reputation. I believe in constantly challenging myself and my staff, and I also expect my team to inspire and challenge me.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Chef Martin to the Rooster & the Till family,” said Chef Ferrell Alvarez, owner and Chef Partner of Proper House Group. “His culinary talent, passion, and commitment to excellence perfectly align with our vision for Rooster & the Till. We are confident that under his guidance, Rooster and the Till will continue to be a destination for food enthusiasts seeking a remarkable dining experience with a neighborhood feel.”

Chef Martin’s tenure as Executive Chef at Rooster & the Till is set to begin Wednesday, June 14th, and guests can expect to savor his culinary creations in the coming weeks.


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