Born and raised in New Richmond, Ohio, Cole found his passion for the restaurant industry at the age of 15. He began his career at a local diner in New Richmond, where he started from the ground up and worked his way through the ranks; from busser, to server, to kitchen supervisor and finally took on management responsibilities before graduating from high school. Shortly after, he moved to Cincinnati and worked for the next seven years and made his mark in the local restaurant and wine industry. He formed part of a young and dynamic team that lead Orchids at Palm Court to the coveted 4-Star and 5-Diamond awards.
Hungry for more knowledge and experience, he left Ohio. After traveling through California, he settled down in Napa Valley. There, in beautiful Yountville, he furthered his education interning at the prestigious Dana Estates vineyard while working full time under Thomas Keller at The French Laundry. After completing another successful harvest, Cole moved back to his hometown of Cincinnati to pursue a career in Hospitality Management.
Once back in Cincinnati, Cole spent his time establishing a team in a new high-end hotel, directing three food outlets, and a banquet program. Since joining Kindred Hospitality Group, Cole has been entrusted with the position of General Manager for the entire Dear portfolio, including the planning and execution of the opening of their Butchery and Restaurant.