Head Chef Louis Leon began his culinary training in Costa Rica before coming to New Jersey where he was offered a position at the Bacardi Grill as their Sous Chef until 2005. While working there Chef Leon competed in numerous state and national culinary competitions. While on vacation to visit his father and brother in Seminole he was offered a position as the Head Chef at Latitudes restaurant, so liking the area, he moved his family here. He was then offered a position as Head Chef to assist Chef Bob Hilsky with the opening of Three Olives.
The restaurant also has Ryan Alexander as their Grillsmith. Ryan attended the Florida Culinary Institute and has many years in the preparation of meats.
Executive Chef Robert Hilsky was raised in a restaurant, lounge and nightclub family atmosphere. Both grandparents had either restaurants, lounges or nightclubs in New York and New Jersey and Bob worked in several them growing up.
He didn’t start his culinary career until after college and 8 years in the military. Bob then attended the Culinary Institute of America and is Certified as a Working Chef by the American Culinary Federation.
In 1980 he began his career as a restaurateur and in 1982 began entering cooking competitions.
He was a finalist in the Florida Governors Cup for Seafood Excellence competitions in 1986, 1987 and 1988. He was also a finalist in the 1988 Tampa Bay Chef’s Open where he was awarded a Bronze medal for seafood. In early 1989 he entered the Culinary World Cup and in 1990 the Aspen-Snowmass Food and Wine Classic where he was awarded 3rd place in the Entre’ division for his Sherry Glazed Scallops recipe.
David Rotter and Robert Hilsky, the owners of Three Olives restaurant in Seminole, met when they were volunteering at SCORE a few years ago. The organization is staffed by retired executives who lend their workplace skills to assist new business owners.
Both men are Vietnam veterans and although they had very different careers, they each are gourmet chefs and do a lot of the cooking at home. Hilsky is a Certified Working Chef and enjoys cooking in competitions and for dinner parties at home. Rotter was in charge of NCO clubs while overseas.
Area locals will remember the Three Olives restaurant formerly as Spotos 131 Grill.
Find a delicious meal at Three Olives restaurant.
We offer a vast range of menu options to delight even the most discerning taste buds. Our modern American cuisine brings a Northern Italian flair to create unforgettable dishes that you’ll love returning to. From fresh tasty grilled seafood wonders to our renowned comfort food options, you’ll truly be pleased with all we have in-store. We also use only the freshest ingredients throughout the year, which means our menus change regularly to bring you the season’s finest produce. As well as this, we offer special seasonal menus all through the year too. VIEW MENUS
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