About Our Team
“To remain the best food and beverage team in the Adirondacks by exhibiting the essence of quality and product presentation, to create guest loyalty one glass, one platter and one plate at a time”
Paige Doran, Executive Sous Chef
A Malone New York native, Paige moved back to the area after graduating from The Culinary Institute Of America in 2014, to which she accepted a position with our culinary team. Over the years she has spent at The Whiteface Lodge she has acquired a set of skills developed by all aspects of the kitchen. Her time spent now is as our Executive Sous Chef, specializing in weddings and catered events here at the lodge. Paige describes her unique food style as “A little sweet and a little savory”, as she has a knack for both the culinary world as well as a desire to play on the baking and pastry side. Paige has a love to take the best comfort foods and kick it up to the next level of the food spectrum.
Matthew DeCicco, Executive Sous Chef
Born and raised in Kingston New York, Matthew moved to the Adirondacks to attend Paul Smith’s College from where he graduated in 2011. Matthew spent 2010 touring Italy, learning old world methods of cooking, food preparation and presentation. Most recently Matthew spent 7 years at the High Peaks Resort as their Sous Chef where he continued to hone his craft to fit in with the local atmosphere. His time is now spent as our Executive Sous Chef, specializing in our restaurants here at the lodge. Matthew describes his food style as “hearty, blending together bold, deep rooted and familiar flavors with a unique spin”.
Zachary Blair, Lead Mixologist
Zachary Blair is the lead mixologist here at Lake Placid’s award-winning Whiteface Lodge where he oversees the bar and mixology programs at Peak 47. With four years of bartending experience and a love for the art of mixology, Blair has taken the Lodge’s mixology program to the next level with his out-of-the-box libations, use of unique ingredients, his guest favorite “bespoke” cocktails and his charming demeanor. Zachary has been featured in magazines such as Adirondack life, CHILLED, Cigar Aficionado, and Fox News. His new style of bartending has given him the opportunity to be in small local papers, press interviews featured for Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans!! Join him at the bar for “The Game” to create your own cocktail!