Meet Our Award-Winning Chefs
Executive Chef David Gooch brings a wealth of culinary knowledge from his experience at a variety of fine dining establishments along the Mississippi Gulf Coast and Southeast Louisiana such as Cora’s Restaurant at the White House Hotel in Biloxi, Dakota Restaurant in Covington, LA and Bistro de la Reine in Slidell, LA. He’s a graduate from the Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts. Over the last 20 years, Chef Gooch has participated in many local fundraisers for non-profits such as Habitat for Humanity, STARC, and United Way.
Sous Chef Joey Amann’s passion for cooking began at a very young age. Joey began working in the restaurant industry at 15 years old and gained invaluable experience. He followed his passion for cooking and in 2003 Joey graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi for Restaurant and Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts. Joey has worked in several restaurants along the Gulf Coast ranging from bar & grill style restaurants to fine dining restaurants. Joey joined the Silver Slipper Culinary Team as a Sous Chef in 2007.
Sous Chef Martin Navarro was born in Mexico and raised in San Fernando, CA. Martin’s culinary career began when he was just 20 years old, cooking in a taco truck in California. In 2000, Martin moved to San Antonio, TX where he was a cook at HMS in the San Antonio International Airport. A few years later, Martin moved to Las Vegas, NV where he was a cook for one year. In 2006, Martin moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast and joined our Culinary Team as a cook and is now a Sous Chef.
Sous Chef Brian Easley started with Silver Slipper in December 2009 as a dishwasher. Over the years he moved through the Food & Beverage Department as a line attendant, cook, and lead cook. In 2018, Brian was offered the position as Blue Bayou Sous Chef. He enjoys working with his coworkers and building mutual respect with his team as well as hearing from our customers daily about their positive dining experiences. Brian enjoys the challenges of the job and looks forward to furthering his career with Silver Slipper and make the dining experience better each day for our guests!