Tim Groody, Artisan Chef
Chef Tim Groody joined the Charlotte Marriott City Center team to lead culinary innovation at Stoke in September 2019. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, Groody has owned five restaurants and lead culinary teams in the Charlotte area for three decades. Chef Groody is known for being the first local chef to create relationships with local farmers, allowing him to use local produce in his restaurant at a time when restaurants did not buy local. His work lead to what is now widespread use of locally- and regionally-grown food by local chefs and restaurants.
Groody comes to Stoke from Fork, the restaurant he and his wife, Melanie, owned and operated in the Lake Norman area from 2013 to 2019. At Fork, the bulk of each day’s menu was brand new based on products he sourced daily from local farmers and purveyors. He brings that innovation and creativity to Stoke, offering micro-seasonal menu additions from the kitchen that serves as a test hub for Marriott Global.
Prior to Fork, Groody served as executive chef at Sonoma Bistro from 1999 to 2007, the first four-star awarded restaurant in the Charlotte area in a decade. He also served as Corporate Executive Chef of FS Food Group from 2011 to 2013, overseeing five concepts with seven total locations for more than two years, and also owned and lead the kitchen at Flatiron Kitchen and Taphouse in Davidson, NC.