Seasoned Rogue Valley Chef Joins Schoolhaus Culinary Team
The Schoolhaus in Jacksonville is pleased to announce exciting changes to our culinary team. After an intensive regional search, we are proud to introduce Mr. Chad Smith as Executive Chef for The Schoolhaus’ Food and Beverage department, with responsibility for overseeing the Schoolhaus’ kitchen and the Bigham Knoll Campus catering department.
Mr. Smith, most recently of Larks Medford, has an extensive background running some of the region’s finest kitchens. After beginning his career in Bend under the tutelage of acclaimed restauranteur David Touvelle of CHOW, Mr. Smith moved
to the Rogue Valley in 2006 where he joined Elements Tapas in Medford as Executive Chef. Working with Proprietor Chris Dennett, Mr. Smith developed an incredibly popular menu that remains the core
of Element’s success today. Mr. Smith then moved to the long revered Chateaulin in Ashland to expand his fine dining repertoire. Over the last few years, Mr. Smith was a key player at Larks Medford, where he focused on his passion for chef-driven, locally sourced, and seasonal menus. “I’m really excited about joining the Schoolhaus team. I look forward to bringing my background and experience to the table.” said Mr. Smith as he perused the garden gathering for herbs for his next culinary creation.
The Schoolhaus, located on the Historic Bigham Knoll Campus, has been serving custom crafted meals using ingredients from our on-premise garden (as highlighted in the Mail Tribune) as well as other locally sourced components for nearly a decade. Bigham Knoll’s Event
Center is one of the most successful in the Rogue Valley, hosting corporate and non-profit events and boasts a unique indoor/outdoor wedding venue.