Jon Hochstat: Career History

Hospitality professional with over 25 years of global experience.

Businesses opening and reopening: From concept to completion

  • France (Opening of EuroDisney, all of 1992)
  • South Africa (Re-opening of Mount Nelson Hotel, from October 1993-April 1994)
  • Guatemala (GM of Jake’s, a fine dining restaurant, from September 1998-January 2001)
  • Costa Rica (Opening of 8ctavo, a fine dining restaurant, from August 2011-April 2013. Other consulting projects May 2013 to May 2017)
  • Fluent in English, Spanish & French

Career History Timeline 1986 to 2008 (PDF)

2008 to 2011 – Operations Manager of Crif Dogs Enterprises Inc. which contains Crif Dogs, a hot dog shop with many famous, unique and original combinations as well as PDT (Please Don’t Tell) the world renowned speakeasy cocktail bar.

PDT’s accolades & awards

  • Named World’s Best Cocktail Bar in 2009
  • Named World’s Best Bar in 2011
  • First ever winner of the James Beard Award for Outstanding Bar Program in 2012 *An acknowledgement from Jim Meehan can be found on page 360 of the PDT Cocktail Book

August 2011 to April 2013 in Costa Rica

  • Consulted on the opening of 8ctavo restaurant atop the Sheraton, San Jose Costa Rica (newly built and opened Spring 2013). 8ctavo closed in 2019
  • Role included but not limited to
    • Wrote all training manuals and materials
    • Worked directly with the owner on recruitment for the Executive Chef, General Manager and all other management positions
  • Chefs recruited for the project
    • Norman Van Aken as a “Flavor Consultant” as the variety of products found in Costa Rica favored a cooking style like his
    • Andrew Graves as Executive Chef. Previously he was Corporate Chef for The Alinea Group (Alinea, Next, The Aviary). Andrew was with 8ctavo from September 2013 to April 2016 when he returned to the USA (2 1/2 years)

Contact  Jon via Email

Costa Rica projects May 2013 to May 2017