Meet the Chefs

Executive Chef Elton Mann oversees the menu creation and back of house kitchen operations at Plank's Tavern on the Water.  He is the inspiration behind what comes out of this scratch kitchen and has the credentials to stand on. Chef Mann received his formal culinary education from the Culinary Institute of America in New York, the world's premier culinary college.  He received his culinary chops however from years of real life experiences at local well known establishments such as Berrien Hills Country Club, La Cantina in Paw Paw, MI, Tabor Hill, and Pointe O'Woods Golf Club.  
The young aspiring chef began as a dishwasher at St Julian Winery where Chef Tony Gillies taught him the beginning of sauces and ignited his passion for the culinary arts. Chef Elton epitomizes the 'can-do' attitude and inspires daily creativity among his team. 

Banquet Chef Randy Herzog oversees the banquet & catering operations and all food and beverage ordering at The Inn at Harbor Shores. Hailing most recently from The Wilderness at the Smokies, a family resort near Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, Chef Randy has a wide range of experience cooking for elite guests such as Governors and heads of state to the clergy for the Pope.  

Before migrating to Southwest Michigan, Chef Randy appeared on many TV shows local to the Kentucky area and taught cooking classes in a local test kitchen showing how to prepare easy and fast meals.  

Chef Randy loves putting a smile on the guests' faces and he strives to make every experience great.