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Sean Thompson brings more than 13 years of hospitality experience to the position of Executive Chef at Chops Lobster Bar in Boca Raton, Fla. Thompson is a Buckhead Life Restaurant Group veteran with more than eight years working at different restaurants in the company. He joins Chops Lobster Bar in Boca Raton from the Atlanta restaurant of the same name.
Originally from Memphis, Tenn., Thompson realized that a career fueled by his passion for food was better suited for him after two years in college. Inspired and motivated by his family’s love of cooking and enjoying meals together, Thompson soon found his niche at the Art Institute of Atlanta where he earned a degree in Culinary Arts. After graduating in 2005, he worked at 5 Seasons Brewing for four years under former Buckhead Life Chef David Larkworthy, who stressed daily that “food has integrity.” Thompson carries these words of wisdom into the kitchen every single day where he strives to make others happy by creating a special dining experience for every guest.
In 2009, Thompson joined the culinary team at Buckhead Life’s contemporary Italian restaurant, Pricci. From Pricci, Thompson because a Sous Chef at the Atlanta Fish Market and from there he moved to Chops Lobster Bar, in Atlanta, where he worked directly under Executive Chef Ryan Delesandro for three years.
Looking to legends like Thomas Keller and Eric Ripert, Thompson works to continuously improve his culinary and leadership skills. He said of his Buckhead Life experience, “I have been so fortunate to grow up in this company. Buckhead Life puts an emphasis on the entire dining experience unlike any other restaurant or restaurant group. The attention to detail is incredible.”
Thompson lives in Boca Raton with his two best friends, dogs Buster and Winston. He enjoys clean eating and staying active and his philosophy for both life and career is that hard work ultimately pays off.
- “Award of Excellence” Wine Spectator (2015)
- “Palm Beach County’s Top 10 Tables” Palm Beach Illustrated (2015)
- “Critic's Pick for Best Seafood Restaurant in Boca” New Times Broward Palm Beach (2015)
- “Best Rated Steakhouse Food & Service and Best Overall Restaurant in Boca Raton” Zagat Survey (2011)
Chops Lobster Bar in Royal Palm Place is a true destination, offering Boca Raton’s best quality USDA Prime meats and a wide selection of pristine seafood. It boasts two levels: Chops, a luxe steakhouse setting, and Lobster Bar, a chic seafood bar with a mosaic tile and an extensive raw bar. The hip bar features live music and an extensive, award-winning wine list.