Chef Jeff Drew
Jeff Drew is the executive chef at The Coyote Cafe in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Jeff entered the culinary field at the early age of thirteen as a caterer and was encouraged by his chef to later attend The Culinary Institute of America to broaden his skills. As part of his education, he completed an externship at Harrah's, a five star - five diamond resort in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
After graduating from the CIA, Jeff joined Chef Jimmy Schmidt as part of the opening team to the nationally acclaimed Rattlesnake Club in Michigan. He worked for Chef Schmidt for six years in the capacity of Chef de Cuisine. During this time, he assisted in opening and operating four restaurants, with the last one being a southwestern concept. It is here that Jeff discovered his love for the flavors of the Southwest.
Jeff was recruited by The Coyote Cafe to be the Chef de Cuisine in Santa Fe. He has been a leader of Coyote's kitchen for over four years. He has also been responsible for food product design, development and testing for the Coyote Cocina line of premier Southwestern food products.
Jeff was one of only eight professional chefs from across the country recently awarded a scholarship from Beringer Vineyards of Napa Valley to the prestigious School for American Chefs, directed by Madeleine Kamman.
Jeff has taught cooking classes as well as been a gust chef in several parts of the country, including The Masters of Food & Wine and The James Beard House. He has also been featured in various television spots, including a southwestern special on CNN. His credits have been acknowledged in national publications, such as Esquire magazine, Nations Restaurant News, Food Arts, The Christian Science Monitor, The Albuquerque Journal, The Detroit Free Press and Restaurant & Institutions Magazine.