Originally from Washington State, Eli moved to the East Coast in 2005 to pursue his passion for cooking. Landing in New York City, Eli worked in some of New York City’s finest restaurants including the four star Italian restaurant, Del Posto. In 2012 Eli moved to Philadelphia to help relaunch one of Philadelphia’s most iconic eateries, Fork Restaurant. After receiving rave reviews from the Philadelphia Inquirer, Eli and his partner Ellen Yin, went on to open four more restaurants including High Street On Hudson in New York City. After a tragic Amtrak crash in 2015, which left him paralyzed, Eli has continue working closely with the company’s chefs as a partner of High Street Hospitality Group. Eli is currently working on a new venture called Impact Hospitality Group, which will focus on how food and hospitality can be a positive change agent in today’s society and social climate.