An award winning chef and operator, with 30+ years BOH and FOH experience in opening new restaurants, re-concepting existing restaurants and consulting on various projects throughout the nation. Proven ability to effectively lead fine dining, casual dining and high-volume operations. A culinary innovator known for producing the highest quality, creative products contributing to revenue growth while simultaneously reducing food and labor costs.
Superior leadership, coaching, and team building skills frequently praised by industry professionals. Committed to creating memorable dining experiences for all guests.
PERSONAL SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES
Conceptual development and opening of new restaurants
Re-concepting existing restaurants
Extensive experience in Fine dining / A La Carte / Banquet service / Take out
Creative menu planning
Budgeting / P&L management
Price structuring and cost containment
Maximizing kitchen productivity and staff performance
Team building and training of BOH and FOH staff
Track record promoting an atmosphere of team work
Special event planning
Provide overall direction, coordination and ongoing evaluation of operations
Trained in all culinary standards, food safety & sanitation policies and procedures
Experience liaising with media
Company Name: Miami RCG, Miami Restaurant Consulting Group (miamircg.com)
Position: Restaurant Consultant
Term of Employment: September 2011 – Present
A Consulting Firm Led by an Award Winning Chef.
After years of working as a restaurant consultant and helping to establish new venues across the country, Miami Restaurant Consulting Group was formed. Along with experienced industry professionals such as Krsto Stamatovski (from Studio K Architects) and Ben Neji (from Wine 69), the MiamiRCG team use their collective expertise to cover all aspects of planning and launching any project.
Company Name: New River Pizza & Grill (newriverpizzaandgrill.com)
Position: General Manager/Corporate Chef
Term of Employment: November 2012 – September 2013
After twelve years of establishing New River Pizza as the best place in Broward for a true New York- style pie, the concept was expanded, the name changed to New River Pizza & Grill and under the leadership of Kovaceski, the restaurant was transformed into an exciting new dining destination voted by Open Table ‘Best Overall Restaurant as well as the ‘Best Diners Choice’ for 2013.
Supervised a 35 member team, managing BOH & FOH, recruiting, training, scheduling, purchasing, inventory, menu development, promotion and marketing, food / labor costs.
Company Name: SPAIN restaurant – Providence, RI (spainrestaurantri.com)
Term of Employment: April 2012 – November 2012
A 250 seat landmark restaurant, operated by the same owner for 23 years with a $5m + operation and
Company Name: Trio on the Bay – North Bay Village, FL (www.trioonthebay.com)
Position: Executive Chef
Term of Employment: March 2011 – September 2011
Dinner-service destination restaurant, with $4m projected sales, serving an average of 175 to 350 covers daily. Oversee of all kitchen operations in high-volume setting, including quality, execution, and financial responsibility. Supervise 20-member kitchen team and managed recruiting, training, scheduling, purchasing, inventory, sanitation, menu research / development, seasonal promotions, price structuring, and food / labor costs.
Company Name: ZUZU Jolie, Gainesville, FL (zuzujolie.com)
Position: General Manager/Executive Chef
Term of Employment: November 2010 – March 2011
Involved from the conceptual phase, to planning and opening of a new restaurant and banquet facility. ZUZU is a 100 seat restaurant while Jolie is a luxurious banquet venue adjacent to ZUZU catering for up to 300 guests. Both concepts utilize the same kitchen resources.
Company Name: IPic Entertainment, LLC – Boca Raton, FL
Position: Corporate Chef/Director of Food and Beverage
Term of Employment: March 2010 – October 2010
Part of the core team in developing a brand new $12m (including build out costs) theatre, dining and entertainment concept. The nightclub, Salt was aimed to be the newest gathering place for evening cocktails against the backdrop of the ultimate movie going experience and the 250 seat Tanzy restaurant offered indoor and outdoor dining.
Company Name: Mez - Charlotte, NC
Position: Executive Chef
Term of Employment: September 2008 – March 2010
High-volume, dining serving 300 to 1,000 covers per day, and offering full-service lunch, dinner, and theatre dining and concessions. Gross annual sales of $9m.
As executive chef at Mez in the Epicentre in downtown Charlotte, Mez was chosen as the 2009 “Best of the Best” best new restaurant by Charlotte Magazine. Fully responsible for all kitchen operations, and leadership of up to 80 staff members. Developed winning menu concept with proprietor and investors.
re-establishing neglected front-house basics crucial to successful operations, such as sequence of service and guest relations
Company Name: Cafe Dominique - Houma, LA
Position: General Manager/Executive Chef
Term of Employment: 2007 - 2008
Fine dining dinner and private event space, serving dinner and private events with an average of 200 covers daily.
Managed and lead the entire BOH, and FOH operations. Supervised staff of 75
Company Name: Crystal Cafe
Position: Executive Chef and Proprietor
Term of Employment: 1994-2004
Award winning fine dining restaurant, serving 175 covers per day. Gross annual sales of $2m
Wholly responsible for all kitchen operations and leadership of up to 30 staff members. Managed $456K budget and ensured impeccable quality of BOH service, inventory, sanitation, and final product. The signature dishes developed especially for this venture focused on a lean, modern take on Old World classics. The restaurant quickly became one of the most acclaimed fine dining eateries in South Florida. Kovaceski sold the restaurant in 2004, and has since held consultant and executive chef positions across the United States.
Hotel & Restaurant Management, Opatija, Croatia
Bachelor, Hospitality Management
Hotel & Restaurant Management, Opatija Croatia
Masters, Hotel & Restaurant Management
Arguably the best Culinary Institute in former Yugoslavia.
HONORS & AWARDS
Four Stars - Miami Herald
Best Service - Miami New Times
Four Stars - South Florida Sun Sentinel
Recipient of 7 - Golden Spoon Awards
Recipient of 6 - Four Diamond Awards AAA
10 Best - GAYOT
Extraordinary Rating - ZAGAT
IVY Restaurateur of Distinction Nominee
"Chef Klime is a mastermind of exquisite culinary preparation and attention to detail..."
- Lesley Abravanel
"Kovaceski's specialty is taking heavy continental dishes and preparing them with a deft touch and lighter ingredients, without losing flavor."
- Jennifer Osorio Kissell