Ben moved to the Lowcountry in 2001 from Cocoa, Florida. He attended the College of Charleston, where he played soccer and graduated with a degree in Marketing. His first taste in the hospitality industry began 12 years ago with Queen Street Hospitality Group as Chef Garde Manger (keeper of the food) and worked his way up to Chef de Cuisine. In 2017, he started as the Sous Chef at Ms. Rose’s Fine Food and Cocktails.
Ben’s ability to be a great leader and problem solver escalated his career quickly, he was soon promoted to Executive Chef. When Ben’s not in the kitchen he loves to spend time with his two daughters, Mia and Charlie, and his dog Joni.
Executive Pastry Chef
A true Charleston local, Elizabeth Gorman was born and raised in the Lowcountry. With family roots in West Ashley that go back many generations, it is only fitting that Gorman would find a home at the beloved West Ashley eatery, Ms. Rose’s Fine Food & Cocktails.
While Gorman has always had a passion for food, she chose to put family first and focus on raising her four children. It was not until her husband, a veteran of the Army National Guard, was deployed to Kuwait in 2012, that Gorman found herself inspired to pursue her passion for the pastry arts. Gorman enrolled in classes at the Culinary Institute of Charleston the same year and has not looked back since. Juggling family life, school, and different roles, including working for Charleston’s very-own RiverDogs minor league baseball team, Gorman was eventually hired by Tristan Catering + Events in the summer of 2016 as a pastry cook. While at Tristan Catering + Events, Gorman worked her way up to become an integral member of the catering group’s pastry department. In October 2018, Gorman was hired by Ms. Rose’s Fine Food & Cocktails as the Executive Pastry Chef.
In her current role, Gorman is responsible for creating and executing the restaurant’s rotating dessert menus. So far, her favorite dessert to make at Ms. Rose’s is the Banana Cheesecake. When Gorman is not in the kitchen, she can be found spending time with family on the water, taking care of her three cats or making cookies and cupcakes because with four kids there is always a need for a birthday baked good.
Director of Operations
Dave Bucks is responsible for the day-to-day leadership and general management of the company, as well as liaising between the executive leadership and management teams to further grow and develop the family of businesses.
Dave has held various leadership positions at Relish over the past 18 years, primarily serving as Director of Operations. In this role, he was integrally involved in the development and launch of Ms. Rose’s and also served as General Manager for Sunfire Grill and Bistro and assisted with the opening of Tristan on the Market- both former Relish restaurants.
Dave joined Relish in 2001 after a decade of leadership with prominent Charleston restaurants such as 82 Queen and TBonz. His first introduction to the culinary field was at Johnson and Whales University in Providence, R.I., where he was awarded a scholarship for his high school Sesame Orange Roughy recipe. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in food service management in 1996.
During his time at Relish, Dave has served on the Board of Directors for a number of charitable and industry associations including Crisis Ministries, the Charleston Wine + Food Festival and the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association. He has also led the restaurant group in their involvement with the Ronald McDonald House and Lowcountry Food Bank, where they regularly volunteer their time and food to fundraisers and events.
Although not in an apron at work, he still loves to cook at home and his favorite time of year is grilling season. In his spare time, Dave enjoys spending time with his wife, two young children and dog.
It takes humble persistence and an inspired stomach to go from a rural town outside of Cincinnati, Ohio, to an executive chef in culinary hotspot Charleston, S.C. But that’s the story of Amanee Neirouz. Growing up in a town with mostly fast food, Neirouz didn’t find her calling until her junior year of high school when a home economics teacher inspired her to apply for culinary school. Neirouz went on to earn her Associates Degree from Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts in Pittsburgh in 2002 before beginning her career in cooking at The Mansion at Griffin Gate Marriott in Lexington, KY.
What started out as an internship turned full-time, and it was there that she worked the gamut of the restaurant industry. She came to Charleston in 2005 and was a butcher at The Sanctuary on Kiawah Island before starting at Relish Restaurant group as a part-time pastry chef in 2008. In the near decade that she has been with the group, she has worked her way up the ranks to serve as both an Executive Chef and Executive Pastry Chef for the restaurant group.
In her current role for Ms. Rose’s Fine Food and Cocktails, Neirouz serves as Operations Manager and oversees catering functions, manages teams, streamlines operations and handles administrative duties. Some of Neirouz’s most prized professional moments include traveling to Cortimellia, Italy, to represent America in the 2014 International Hazelnut Festival and having her smoked chocolate parfait named “Best Frozen Dessert” by Food Network Magazine in 2013. She also participates in many charity events, including Chef’s Feast, Feed the Need, Chocolate Affair, etc. Neirouz is a firm believer in the saying that “if you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life,” and enjoys spending her time outside the kitchen with family, friends and her two rescue dogs.
With over 14 years of experience in the hospitality industry, it is safe to say that Tom is a true jack of all trades. After his move to Charleston in 2012, Tom started working as a server at Ms. Rose’s Fine Food & Cocktails. He approaches service by doing things differently; his easy-going personality and attention to detail led Tom through the restaurant ranks as he quickly worked his way up to General Manager. In addition, Tom is the lead for employee education with our partnership with Smart Recycling US, a program to help us recycle and compost most everything we use at Ms. Rose’s. When he’s not at work you can find him with his rescue Border Collie, Roxy, as well as experiencing the awesome food & drinks here in the Lowcountry!
Asst. General Manager / Event Coordinator
Becky made the move from Frederick, Maryland to Charleston in 2010. With over 25 years of experience, Becky has worked in many Lowcountry favorites such as Morgan Creek Grille. In 2014, Becky started as a server at Ms. Rose’s Fine Food and Cocktails and has since risen to be Ms. Rose’s Event Coordinator and Assistant General Manager.
Becky is a great asset to our team with her infallible organization skills, excellent communication, and no-nonsense mentality. Becky loves the creativity that her position allows and meeting all the wonderful people. Outside of work, Becky loves to spend time with her husband Josh, 2 cats Ollie and Mr. Bones and her dog, Symba.
From Asheville, North Carolina to the Lowcountry of South Carolina, Brian joined Ms. Rose’s Fine Food & Cocktails team in 2011. He has been dedicated to the hospitality industry for the last 26 years and has been a great asset to Ms. Rose’s team where he now acts as Assistant Manager. Brian eagerly serves his patrons with sincere customer service, focusing on the small details that make a large impact on the overall experience. While his passion is hospitality, Brian fills his free time participating and volunteering in local charity functions. Brian has a degree from Rhodes College where he majored in Anthropology/Sociology and a minor in Philosophy, he also enjoys reading history and fiction.