Growing up in The Islands, I have been exposed to many things and have learned to be self-sufficient. As an ‘outdoor guy’ I have many passions: hunting, fishing, working on my home, … and being a good Dad to my two dogs. Recently, I got engaged and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I also would like to thank Chef Phoebe for believing in me years ago; her trust and guidance helped me to become the chef and leader I am today.
What Phoebe Bright says: “After 14 years, my position. has changed to be more of an executive one - specifically, as Executive Chef/CEO of The Paddle. When Mandy and I were planning this transition for me, only one person came to mind to replace me on a daily basis in the kitchen: Eric Goodrich. I knew it was paramount to our continued success and growth to have a person who was capable of recognizing, and embracing, one of the most important tenets of our food … that being consistency. Years ago, in our earlier Paddle years, I had the pleasure of hiring and training this young man from The Champlain Islands. He was my righthand guy, my Sous Chef, for the following eight years. I was thrilled to have him return this past January. He’s exceptional.”
What Mandy says: “The kitchen is in great hands with Chef Eric at its helm. Honestly, I don’t worry about the day to day food operations because I know that Eric is a capable and very creative when it comes to problem-solving, menu preparation and leading the line. A guy of few words, yet a guy that works extremely hard at whatever he does. I’m most thankful that he has become our Head Chef!"