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THE STAFF OF OUR HATTERAS ISLAND RESTAURANT
Julia is a Southern California native who changed coasts to join our management team. She brings over 20 years of experience as a manager for fine dining establishments like Duke's in Huntington Beach, Christy's Ristorante and the Sky Room in Long Beach, Sids' in Newport Beach and the Red Dog Bar and Grill in Lake Tahoe. Her passions are snowboarding, traveling, and enjoying the fine dining experience with friends.
As the former owner and chef of Isabella’s in northeast Philadelphia, Ben is one of Philadelphia’s best known chefs. Born in London, he received his baking apprenticeship and chef training at London’s Dickens Inn before beginning a career that has included stints at The Garden, St. Stephen’s Green, Dickens Inn, Monte Carlo Living Room, New Wave Café, and Dark Horse Pub. Most recently Ben was executive chef at Philadelphia Bar and Restaurant. Considering himself an old-school chef, Ben eschews modern equipment in favor of traditional culinary implements such as tongs and spatulas. Fond of merging French- and Italian-based techniques with Asian, Spanish and other influences picked up over the course of a career in the kitchen, Ben says his overall philosophy is to create dishes that “I would enjoy eating.”
Chef Will earned his basic and intermediate level patisserie and culinary certificates and his Le Grande Diplome (Superior) certificate from the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute in London. His talents have been honed as Chef de Partie, Sous Chef , and Chef de Cuisine in the finest hotels and restaurants of France, Switzerland, and the United States, including Kings Café and Nevai Restaurant, Farinet Lounge at Hotel Farinet, Hotel Montpellier, The Neptune Restaurant at Hotel Mandarin Oriental, and B.B.'s on Pearl.
Will's love of surfing brought him to our island and organization when he served as Sous Chef at Cafe Pamlico during our 2012 season. We are fortunate that a chef of his caliber and talents has chosen Hatteras Island and Cafe Pamlico as his home. Will's work under a range of European and American chefs lets him bring a mix of international dishes with a local southern twist.
When Will is not cooking, he's pursuing his passions for surfing and snowboarding or traveling with his girlfriend Sabine in search of waves or snow.
Gina McDowell Williams
Gina was born and raised in Grand Junction, Colorado. Her first visit to Hatteras Island was 1987. She knew this sandbar in the Atlantic ocean was to be home to her and her beautiful daughters. They moved from mountains to beach in 2000, and have never looked back.
Gina has spent her entire career since coming to Hatteras in the island's restaurant, catering, hospitality, and event industry. She joined the Inn's team three years ago, rising on merit through the ranks to her current position of Event Coordinator. She is married to island native Ronnie Williams. She enjoys a large family here on the island, including her sweet granddaughter Adayah, the "owner of her heart", and her daughters Amber, Lynzie and Victoria. Gina's most valued moments are family time, especially time with Ronnie, daughters, and granddaughter on beach or boat.