Culinary Team


Executive Chef Steven D. Greene

Voted a semifinalist for the Best Chef in the Southeast by the James Beard Foundation in 2016, 2017, and 2019, Chef Steven Greene's tenure with The Umstead Hotel and Spa began in 2009 as chef de cuisine, where Greene guided Herons to its first Forbes Five Star rating. Greene took over Herons in 2014, and as Executive Chef oversees all food and beverage operations. His passion for using ingredients and products from the rich Piedmont region drive beautifully refined culinary experiences and is evident daily in The Umstead’s award winning dining program. Tap here to view Greene's full biography.

Chef de Cuisine Spencer Thomson

This marks the second collaboration between Chef de Cuisine, Spencer Thomson, and Executive Chef Steven D. Greene, who joins the Umstead culinary team from Stella's Southern Bistro in Simpsonville, South Carolina. Honing his culinary skills in Charleston, he was drawn to Paris in 2009 to stage for Guy Savoy, a three starred Michelin restaurant, before helping Greene launch Devereaux's in Greenville, South Carolina; their first collaboration together. Tap here to view Thomson's full biography.

Culinary Farm Manager Alyssa Campo

Born in Philadelphia, PA, Alyssa first took an interest in cooking and nutrition at the age of thirteen by helping prepare meals for her family. A passion for farming, she joined The Umstead’s team in 2018, where she oversees the hotel’s on-site culinary farm. A champion for gardening and accessibility to nutritious foods, Alyssa teaches organic gardening courses in her spare time, and has designed and assisted with the implementation of gardening curriculums for K-5 students in the triangle area. For Alyssa’s full bio, tap here.

Herons Restaurant

Edmunds Oast + Herons

Guest Chef Beer Dinner

The Umstead Hotel and Spa is excited to host Chef Bob Cook of Edmunds Oast for a unique guest chef dinner on Friday, June 14! Join us for this collaborative 5 course dinner created by Chef Cook and Executive Chef Steven Greene, with each course featuring its own Edmunds Oast beer.
Edmunds Oast Beer Dinner
The Umstead Hotel and Spa