Chef Jeff O'Neill of The Villa by Barton G - Biography

Miami Beach, FL

September 2016

Most of Jeff O’Neill’s childhood in Verona, New Jersey, was spent without much thought of the kitchen. But somewhere between prep work and dishwashing at that catering hall, O’Neill realized he was where he wanted to be (minus the dishwashing). Graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, O’Neill headed to New York City where he worked in elite restaurants like Charlie Palmer’s Aureole, as saucier on the opening team of Boulud’s New York City flagship, and finally as chef at Eric Ripert’s Le Bernardin.

With so much star-power behind him, O’Neill relocated to South Florida to open L’Escalier at The Breakers in Palm Beach, moving on to a career within the Trump restaurant world. O’Neill went from chef at private resort Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach to implementing Michelin-starred Sixteen and DJT in the new Trump International Hotels in Chicago and Las Vegas.

In 2010, he joined the Barton G. Design Group, as corporate executive chef and director of culinary development. He is responsible for creative development of restaurants, events and special projects. Barton G.’s innovative approach to entertaining has earned O’Neill’s team nods from The Wall Street Journal “one of the most imaginative, creative teams on the planet.” He has made multiple appearances on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” and his recipes consistently top the published list of “Oprah’s Favorite Things.