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Chef Ryan Gentelin
Alton native Chef Ryan Gentelin graduated from Alton High School in 1994. He started working in local restaurants as well as Lockhaven Country Club before pursuing his career by attending St.Louis Community College at Forest Park’s Culinary Arts program. Chef Gentelin graduated with his associates degree in Culinary Arts in 2001, as well as completing an intensive three year apprenticeship through the American Culinary Association under Chef Kevin Storm at Bellerive Country Club in St.Louis. While pursuing his degree, Chef Gentelin became involved in several culinary competitions and was part of a team which won a National Culinary Competition in Nashville, TN in 2001. That team was the first team from the Midwest to win in 32 years. Upon completing school, Gentelin took the role as Sous Chef at Bellerive Country Club before coming back to Alton to take the position of Executive Chef at Copley’ West 9th, where he remained for nearly four years.