Staley credits growing up on her grandparents’ farm in Frederick, Maryland as the inspiration to her culinary/ hospitality journey. Since a teenager, Mallory has worked in every restaurant role from server, host, pastry chef and manager in New York City, Washington, DC, Atlantic City, Prince Georges County and the City of Baltimore.
At seventeen years of age, she moved to Manhattan in 2004 where she excelled in pastry arts from the French Culinary Institute. She refined her culinary and hospitality experience working alongside top chefs at such restaurants the Hearth, Lever House and Plaza Hotel. Accolades seem to follow her enterprise such as when she was affiliated with the Lever House, it was won “Best New Restaurant” by James Beard Foundation. As executive pastry chef for The Oak Room at the Plaza, she was honored to present the dessert course at the James Beard House not just once, but several times.
She also served as executive pastry chef for 1789 in Georgetown and Revel Hotel and Resort in Atlantic City before returning to Maryland. Mallory continues to uniquely apply her back-of-the-house knowledge to the restaurant general management profession while at Sotta Sopra, Ouzo Bay and now, The Elephant team. We are immensely pleased to be working alongside Mallory Staley as our General Manager.