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The Team Behind Cara

Executive Chef: Jacob Jasinski

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Blending international experience with New England roots, Executive Chef Jacob Jasinski brings world-class culinary skills and a storied experience to Cara and The Café. Chef Jacob's initial interest in food and culinary came from trips he took with his father at a very young age. Chef's father showed him how to correctly identify the best quality of fish and bread with the freshest ingredients during their visits to small shops throughout New England. Once he was older and eligible for a job, he was presented with an opportunity to wash dishes and the atmosphere of a kitchen and restaurant drew him in for life. 

While pursuing a career in the hospitality field, Jacob has undergone a classical path of training including working in prestigious hotels such as The Ritz Carlton Buckhead as well Relais Chateaux properties like the White Barn Inn.  In an effort to continue perfecting his craft, Jacob would spend time staging in several Michelin-starred establishments both nationally and abroad. Chef found his time spent staging in France particularly enlightening as he learned about the country's deep history with food and their respect for each and every ingredient. Since then, he has held high-level positions at prominent properties throughout the country, including Joel Robuchon in Las Vegas.  After years spent honing & traveling Jacob has returned to New England to share all that he has learned. "Whether our guests select a blind tasting experience at Cara or a more approachable menu in The Café, the time spent dining with us is remarkable with the finest quality ingredients, along with a focus on impeccable guest service."

“I grew up exploring small produce shops and farmers’ markets in Rhode Island; and while my culinary experiences have taken me all over the world, New England has always been home,” said Executive Chef Jacob Jasinski of The Chanler at Cliff Walk. “The Chanler is an icon in the region and Cara, though much newer, has already started to follow suit.”

Director of Food and Beverage: Christopher Roberts

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Christopher joins the team with 20 years of hospitality experience and extensive travel throughout the world. Christopher’s love and appreciation for new cultures are only rivaled by his passion for New England’s thriving food scene. 

“The Chanler brand and commitment to excellence align with my years of experience and dedication to the exceptional hospitality experience,” says Christopher.

Prior to his role at The Chanler, Christopher was the Restaurant General Manager of Rocks 21 located inside the Inn at Mystic, Food and Beverage Director of The Spicer Mansion, and Innkeeper/ Restaurant Manager at The Inn at Dos Brisas. “The opportunity to be the Director of Food and Beverage at The Chanler is an honor and  I am excited to be part of this experienced and dedicated team.”

In his free time, Christopher enjoys going to the beach with his wife Nicole and three children.

The Cara Team

The team behind Cara is comprised of a talented group of professionals with genuine care for the guest experience. Many have joined the team from Michelin star backgrounds around the world to bring diversification and excitement to the nightly changing blind tasting menus and award-winning beverage lists. From the entire front-of-house team to the culinary epicenter a passion for hospitality can be seen on each plate presented. 

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