JOE SCHAFER, Executive Chef

Originally from upstate New York, Executive Chef Joe Schafer is a graduate of the accelerated Advanced Placement program at the New England Culinary Institute in Burlington, Vermont, where he earned his degree in 2003.

Chef Schafer returned to Kennebunkport, Maine, to lead the culinary team at Earth at Hidden Pond in June 2017. With a cooking style that focuses on fresh seasonal ingredients and local produce, creating dishes which complement the rustic surroundings of Hidden Pond.

Chef Schafer refined his craft at luxury resorts including Blantyre, The Lodge at Glendorn, The White Barn Inn & Spa in Kennebunk, ME, Triple Creek Ranch, and Lake Placid Lodge, all of which are prestigious Relais & Chateaux properties. He has also spent time in restaurants in Europe, such as the Michelin 2-star Restaurant Hélène Darroze in Paris and Trattoria Magafula in Milan.

Chef Schafer and his wife, a native of the Kennebunks, are excited to relocate back to Kennebunkport – their favorite New England town –  with their two small children.