April 14, 2004

For Immediate Release:                                                                                        

For more information, please contact

Kelly Donovan at (314) 909-4949 ext .11  



Executive Chef Lisa Slay Celebrates 15 Years of Creative Cuisine

with Great Restaurants this April


Chef Lisa Slay was born into the restaurant business.  At the young age of 12, she started washing dishes in her father’s restaurant Slay’s on Friday and Saturday nights.  She continued to work for her family throughout high school and early college, eventually working for a family business at La Veranda on Hampton Avenue.  In 1988, La Veranda was sold to Tim Mallett who then transformed the space into Blue Water Grill.


In April of 1989, Chef Lisa started working for Mallett as the day prep cook and by 1991 she became the Executive Chef of the restaurant.  In 1995, Lisa moved on to help Tim open Remy’s Kitchen & Wine Bar, his third restaurant located in Clayton, with a Mediterranean influenced menu.  After running the kitchen at Remy’s for 6 years, Chef Lisa then went on to open the fourth restaurant in the Great Restaurant family, Ellie Forcella Italian Taproom in the fall of 2001.  After “touching” all of the restaurants in the group, Lisa is back in the saddle again as the Executive Chef of Remy’s.


“Our business is a demanding one.  Lisa has demonstrated hospitality with a big heart to many of my employees over the last fifteen years”, says Tim Mallett, owner of Great Restaurants.  “Lisa has been devoted to bringing our company mission statement to life, and we have been very lucky to have her on our team.”


Wine Bar in Clayton, and Ellie Forcella in Webster Groves. 

For more information about Chef Slay, or any of the Great Restaurants, visit the web site at www.grihome.com.