Executive Director


John "Woody" Linton, Sales Manager

John “Woody” Linton started cooking at the age of 14 in his home town of Kenosha, Wisconsin. Upon graduation, he sought out Hyde Park to attend the Culinary Institute of America. His first landing was in Scottsdale, working at the award-winning restaurant Vu, with Chef William Bradley. Following this milestone, John helped open The Alto Ristorante at the Hyatt Regency, Scottsdale. John has also worked at Lake Park Bistro in Milwaukee, the Bohemian Grove in Northern California, and seasonally at the Talon Lodge in Sitka, Alaska, as their Executive Chef.
Most recently he was the Executive chef of Hearth restaurant in Evanston (where he remains as a consultant), helps out Venge Vineyards in Calistoga, California, and is the Executive Chef for Oak Park Banquets at the Nineteenth Century.