From early childhood cooking was Lucas’ passion. Upon graduating from high school he enrolled at The Culinary Institute of America. After graduating 2nd in his class (still a sore subject) Lucas decided to follow family tradition by attending Michigan State University to study Hospitality Business. The next few years flew by with stops at restaurants in Detroit, Chicago, and Grand Rapids. After his taste of working for some of the best restaurateurs in the country Lucas decided to take the plunge and opened his first restaurant, Public in Zeeland Michigan. In his free time Lucas enjoys spending time with his wife Ashley and two boys, watching his beloved Michigan State Spartans, and listening to his favorite band Interpol.




Krista began working in the restaurant industry in her hometown of Hastings, Michigan at only sixteen years old. From then she has found her passion for hospitality working in various atmospheres throughout West Michigan; including fine dining, sports bars, special events, hotels, and casinos. What gratifies her every day is the opportunity to ensure that guests leave with satisfied expectations. She always says that she wants to provide a ‘welcome to my home’ type of experience for each and every customer. In her free time she loves to spend time with her husband Brandon and their two children, work in the garden, watch Big Brother, watch Michigan State football (Go Green!) and go camping. Krista’s father has always been her source of inspiration, teaching her to dream big, work hard, and persevere