John Conrad Ste. Marthe
Hospitality Management BBA ’10
“Aim high and be passionate. You may fail at times, but however difficult it may seem, always strive to be the best''
John Conrad Ste. Marthe is a native of the island of St. Lucia. His loves for cooking is evident with the wealth of experience listed on his resume. He has worked as a restaurant chef, a private chef and a caterer. He has provided his services to a range of high profile political families and international musicians. In addition, Bill and Dr. Camille Cosby with whom he worked with for 13 years. His work included extensive travel, giving him worldly exposure in business and social customs.
Mr. Ste. Marthe has always envisioned himself in management even before completing his Associate at the Culinary Institute of America. He enrolled at Monroe College in 2010 where he completed his Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management. At Monroe, he was able to obtain a wealth of experience and knowledge in management. He also received a Certificate in Entrepreneurship from the Westchester Educational Development Corporation.
Mr. Ste. Marthe stresses the importance of education. As he said, “Every time I apply for a job, the responses were, ‘you have a great background, great experience but you have no management experience’”. With his education, he was able to combine his culinary expertise in the kitchen with the management aspect of staff supervision, menu development, food and equipment purchasing, and budget planning. Most recently, he worked as Food Service Manager for a Manhattan Hedge Fund Company.
Currently, Mr. Ste. Marthe is the proud owner of the Dennery Company. It’s a company that provides personal chef services to clients in to New York, The Hamptons, Sun Valley, Idaho, Palm Beach, Florida and Newport, Rhode Island. He is presently pursuing a Master’s degree in Hospitality Industries Studies at the New York University.
He is a former volunteer for Visiting American Chefs at The James Beard Foundation. He has also been invited to cook with students and discuss career opportunities in the food industry at Salem High School in Massachusetts. The New York Times did a profile on him entitled, “So You Want To Be A Culinary Entrepreneur?” ,in November of 2009.
One of Mr. Ste. Marthe’s greatest strengths is in communication and motivating others to perform at their best level. Mentors such as leading chef Larry Forgione and Michael Romano have inspired him. He wants to be an inspiration to students whether they are in Culinary or in Hospitality. His advice is choose the path that seems right, “Aim high and be passionate. You may fail at times, but however difficult it may seem, always strive to be the best''.