Executive Chef Lucas Hinck was born and raised in Connecticut having grown up in Glastonbury. His career started early at Max Amore while still a senior in high school. He opened The Trumbull Kitchen and stayed for 4 years. After moving to New York, Chef Lucas worked for Dean and Deluca for 7 years as a catering chef and retail manager and worked for the renowned Creative Edge Caterers.
Chef Lucas moved back home to Glastonbury,Connecticut to co-chef 2 Hopewell and assisted with opening Sayulita. He became the executive chef at Angelico’s Lakehouse from 2014 to 2018. Lucas then helped his good friends and owners open Figs in South Glastonbury.
Now with Soma Grille, Executive Chef Lucas Hinck was instrumental in creating its diverse, mediterranan/american menu.
Sous Chef Ronald Van Der Jagt was born and raised in Granby, Connecticut and has been creating innovative and enticing dishes in the Farmington Valley area for the past nine years.
Chef Ron started his career in a private high school as a dishwasher in 2010 and eventually began to help cook for the school cafeteria and run their catering events for teachers, alumni, and trustees. He then attended culinary school at Manchester Community College began cooking in Farmington Valley working his way up to becoming Sous Chef.
Chef Ron currently resides in Weatogue, Connecticut as an active member of the town. In his spare time, you might catch Ron on a bike ride through the Farmington Canal Heritage and Farmington River Trails. He loves to hike up the Talcott mountain trails to the Heublein Tower to enjoy the spectacular view of Simsbury and Avon. You might also find him with his fiancée, Ellen, cooking dinner, enjoying the beach, traveling through New England, and even kayaking on the Farmington River.
Owner Carlos Rodriguez’ passion for the culinary began early on, inspired by his grandmother Rosario “Sayo” and her love for food and family. Born in the tropical island of Puerto Rico, fresh ingredients were always available to create the freshest cuisine and develop creativity. Since then Carlos has been working in restaurants in all positions: from dishwashing, to cooking, to bartending, all the way to ownership. While attending Eastern Connecticut State University, Carlos traveled to Spain, England, Scotland and France where he had the opportunity to experience and learn about other cultures and their culinary expertise.
In 1995 he moved to East Hartford with sister Annette. Max Amore opened that year and it is there where he meet his long time friend Jeff Obert and partner Christopher Riley. In 2000 he worked with Pepe at Costa del Sol Restaurant where he helped develop and manage the Bar. In 2004 he got an offer from Ton Altmann to manage the new Churrascaria Braza under The Hot Tomatos Restaurant Group, where he worked until 2008 as General Manager. That year he decide to try his own luck and bought Pierre’s Courtside Café in New Britain CT. In 2010 he joined with Chris Riley and started Capital Catering focusing on managing cafeterias. In 2014 they founded Click2Cater an online food ordering business for caterers. By 2018 Capital Catering had grown to 10 different cafeterias all over the greater Hartford area and a banquet hall.
In 2019 their true passion came true when they opened Soma Grille in Simsbury. They are very excited to have the opportunity to provide the best in ambiance, service and great cuisine at an affordable price to the area patrons.
Currently Carlos resides in South Windsor with his wife Linda, twin girls, Isabella and Julianna, and their dog Wesley.
General Manager Christopher Riley, born and raised in Connecticut, has had a thirty five year career in the Hospitality industry. His first priority has been and will continue to be a passion for the guest experience. The guest experience is paramount to the success of any great restaurant. Chris has the privilege of partnering with Carlos Rodriguez on this venture. His domain expertise lies in event planning, marketing, sales, and management. Chris and Carlos met at Max Amore in Glastonbury and have become lifelong friends as well as partners in their Capital Catering and Click2Cater businesses.
Chris resides in Granby, CT with his wife Teri, daughters Toryn and Meara, and their dogs, Murphy and Ozzie.