Todd R. Gold

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

Director of Food and Beverage, Saracen Development LLC & Saracen Casino Resort

Little Rock

1806 Casamigos Anejo Old Fashioned

Todd Gold is one of the most accomplished and acclaimed culinary names in Arkansas. He has served as president and owner of Purple Cow Restaurants and was the associate dean and south site director at the University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College for more than a decade, among many other notable endeavors. He currently serves as the director of food and beverage at the Saracen Casino Resort and is the president of the American Culinary Federation, Central Arkansas Chapter.

 

Todd R. Gold

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

Director of Food and Beverage, Saracen Development LLC & Saracen Casino Resort

Little Rock

1806 Casamigos Anejo Old Fashioned

Todd Gold is one of the most accomplished and acclaimed culinary names in Arkansas. He has served as president and owner of Purple Cow Restaurants and was the associate dean and south site director at the University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College for more than a decade, among many other notable endeavors. He currently serves as the director of food and beverage at the Saracen Casino Resort and is the president of the American Culinary Federation, Central Arkansas Chapter.

 

FIRST TASTE OF SUCCESS:

Before I left for culinary school, I was promoted to kitchen manager at Bruno’s Little Italy. After receiving a key and alarm code, my new responsibilities were to go in early each morning and open, start the sauces and prepare things for lunch service.

WHAT IS A "GOOD MAN?"

Good men are those who use their God-given talents to work hard in their careers and their community, while simultaneously making time for their children.

PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT:

In my younger years, I struggled academically. I remember my grandfather telling me, “Not solely academics but hard work and giving it your all will always lead you down a path to success.” This is the path that I took professionally, while also ultimately excelling academically. I’m extremely proud of my grandfather’s words of wisdom and feel that his guidance and life advice 100 percent shaped my achievements.

SURPRISING FACT:

I have dyslexia and attention deficit disorder (ADD). Interestingly enough, many others in the hospitality industry have the same issues. We have found that this industry is actually a great place for those of us who are not happy if we do not have multiple irons in the fire at all times!

LESSON LEARNED FROM THE PANDEMIC:

Always be ready to pivot. Meet your customers and employees where they are. Admittedly, I’ve always been a bit of a germaphobe, so it’s nice to have company now.

FIRST TASTE OF SUCCESS:

Before I left for culinary school, I was promoted to kitchen manager at Bruno’s Little Italy. After receiving a key and alarm code, my new responsibilities were to go in early each morning and open, start the sauces and prepare things for lunch service.

WHAT IS A "GOOD MAN?"

Good men are those who use their God-given talents to work hard in their careers and their community, while simultaneously making time for their children.

PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT:

In my younger years, I struggled academically. I remember my grandfather telling me, “Not solely academics but hard work and giving it your all will always lead you down a path to success.” This is the path that I took professionally, while also ultimately excelling academically. I’m extremely proud of my grandfather’s words of wisdom and feel that his guidance and life advice 100 percent shaped my achievements.

SURPRISING FACT:

I have dyslexia and attention deficit disorder (ADD). Interestingly enough, many others in the hospitality industry have the same issues. We have found that this industry is actually a great place for those of us who are not happy if we do not have multiple irons in the fire at all times!

LESSON LEARNED FROM THE PANDEMIC:

Always be ready to pivot. Meet your customers and employees where they are. Admittedly, I’ve always been a bit of a germaphobe, so it’s nice to have company now.

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