Ray’s culinary journey began in high school, where he trained at Oakland Schools Technical Campus in the morning, and tested his skills working in restaurants in the evening. Doing this, Ray learned that he wanted to work in a place that feeds more people than a restaurant ever could. After graduating high school, Ray attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY where he pursued a degree in Culinary Arts and Culinary Science. There, Ray learned about the modern techniques and intricacies that are a part of creating recipes on a large scale. After 3 years, Ray graduated top of his class in the Culinary Science program at CIA, and connected with Chef Jack Bothwell shortly thereafter. Today, Ray works in the Sandridge Innovation Team to create and design great tasting fresh food with incredible fresh ingredients and technology.
Ray enjoys hiking and exploring nature with his wife Esther (who is also a CIA alum, baker and pre-school teacher). Most weekends he’s at the farmers market, looking for fresh and interesting ingredients to experiment with. He also enjoys trying new foods and going to local restaurants. When not in a restaurant or around food, you can find him bowling in a local tournament or at home practicing piano.