Cary joined Crossroads Retail Group as Director of Restaurant Services after working in and developing restaurants for the last 16 years.
As a chef in Chicago, Cary broke into the business working in the kitchen of internationally-acclaimed chef Charlie Trotter. He continued his culinary education cooking under such noted chefs as James Beard Foundation Award winner Paul Kahan and current Top Chef host Graham Elliot. He worked with Richard Melman as a corporate chef for his famed Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises group, assisting at Ambria, Mon Ami Gabi and FoodLife and participating in the development of The Reel Club and Hub 51.
Cary’s first taste of development came when he helped re-concept a Chicago fine dining restaurant into a bustling, raucous Southern whiskey bar in the aftermath of the downturn in 2010. He also teamed with the owners of Chicago’s One Off Hospitality group to help oversee the commissary kitchen build out for Big Star taqueria’s expansion as well as restaurant design for the adjoining diner, Dove’s Luncheonette.
Most recently, Cary opened County Road Ice House with Kansas City’s barbecue legends Jeff and Joy Stehney of Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que. Cary participated in all phases of the kitchen construction, restaurant design and menu development for this large project based in the Power & Light district.
In 2010, Cary patented ModPans, his own line of commercial kitchen food storage containers. They are now sold on three continents and most notably are used in Domino’s Pizza franchises across the country.
He has provided consulting services for national accounts such as Oscar Meyer, San Jamar, and ConAgra as well as local brand BeerKC. Cary has been an avid supporter of Meals on Wheels, Pilot Light, Alex’s Lemonade Stand and No Kid Hungry.
A native of Columbus, Georgia, Cary is married to Annie Ricci Taylor and has two daughters. He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University and is a passionate Georgia Bulldog football fan. He spends most of his free time with his family and cooking for friends at his home.