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Meet our Chefs

Image of Executive Chef Charlie Metzger, wearing a white chef coat and black pants, standing on a staircase in front of a large lawn and vineyard.

Executive Chef | Charlie Metzger

From a young age, Charlie Metzger knew he wanted a career in fine dining. After graduating from Johnson & Wales University’s renowned Culinary Arts program, he leapt into the culinary world and never looked back. A native of Rochester, NY, Chef Metzger has spent his career working in upscale environments in New York, North Carolina, and Rhode Island, focused on crafting exquisite dining experiences.

Chef Metzger’s cooking style is innovative and simple, exploring modern variations of American, Mediterranean, and Asian cuisines. He is motivated by seasonality, and believes that food should complement both Glenora’s wine and its beautiful surroundings. He says “people might not remember what you said or did, but they will always remember how you made them feel.”

When not in the kitchen, Chef can be found enjoying the area with his wife Holly, and their 2 dogs and 2 cats.

Image of Executive Sous Chef Mitchell Smith, wearing a black chef coat and black pants, standing on a staircase in front of a large lawn and vineyard.

Executive Sous Chef | Mitchell Smith

Mitchell Smith, a Culinary Arts & Business graduate of the Institute of Technology, brought his culinary skills to Glenora beginning in the spring of 2019. A native of Montour Falls, his long relationship with the area has fostered a passion for local and seasonal ingredients. Armed with a belief that a great chef can’t fail with high quality products, he aims to create meals to remember for every patron that walks through the doors of Veraisons. Mitchell’s varied experience – from barbecue joint to the country club – gives him a unique world view and an arsenal of culinary tricks any chef would be envious of. We at Glenora Wine Cellars couldn’t be more excited to have an asset like Mitchell manning our line.