Rocconi familiarized himself with cooking at a young age, growing up in Mississippi in a large Italian family focused on food and the joy of preparing it. While attending Delta State University in pursuit of a degree in business management, Rocconi took a job washing dishes at a local restaurant and immediately became enamored with the fast-paced atmosphere of the kitchen. After attending culinary school in Pasadena, California, and working in LA at several locations, including The Jonathan Club, he found his way back to the South, landing in Atlanta. Feeling more aligned with his Southern upbringing, Rocconi worked his way up within several renowned Atlanta restaurants, including Kyma and Canoe. He took his first executive chef role at Le Vigne Restaurant at Montaluce Winery in 2011. In 2015, Rocconi extended his fine dining experience by taking a sous chef position at Michelin-starred La Toque in Napa, California, where he also studied as a sommelier. With his Southern and West Coast experience, Rocconi brought his culinary style to Austin, Texas, in July 2018 when he joined Hotel Ella as executive chef. After more than a year in Texas, he and his wife decided to move back to Atlanta where he joined Bobby Jones Golf Course to help bring the Boone’s vision to life.
Kansas native Chandler Kowalski’s career in sports management has taken her from football to golf to her current role as front of house captain at Boone’s. Prior to Boone’s, Kowalski was a server and social media specialist for Smoke Rise Golf and Country Club, another Bobby Jones Links managed golf course property. Kowalski graduated with a B.A. in sports management from Wichita State University and kicked off her career with seasonal internships with the Kansas City Chiefs Football Club and the Atlanta Falcons. She also was a live events game-day staff member at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, assisting with all game-day operations for Atlanta United and Atlanta Falcons home games. Living nearby, she had the opportunity to follow along with the construction of the Murray Golf House at Bobby Jones Golf Course—home to Boone’s—and admires the elevated service standards of the Bobby Jones Links company culture.
The New York City native brings more than 25 years of diverse culinary experience to the table having worked in a variety of restaurants including From the Earth Brewery, Colletta and Il Giallo Osteria. Boone’s serves upscale new American cuisine in a relaxed setting overlooking Bobby Jones Golf Course in Buckhead.
Growing up in Florida, Melissa is a new Georgia resident and doesn’t understand why everyone keeps barking in her face. She graduated from the University of Florida with degrees in Telecommunications and Theater, and established her background in the film and entertainment industries working at places like Disney. Eventually working for a professional theater in Florida, she found her love for event management and sales and has pursued it ever since. She just moved here in September and is very excited to see what Atlanta has to offer, and be working for the Boone’s team!