The center driving force for The West Table is husband and wife team, Cameron and Rachel West. With more than 20 years of restaurant experience between the two of them, the couple is ready to bring their own style of food and beverage to the Lubbock community.
Rachel has been working in the restaurant industry for the past 15 years, gaining extensive customer service experience. For the last 5 years, she was a Manager for a high volume bar and restaurant. The position strenghtened her skills and expanded her expertise in the service industry while she managed day-to-day operations.
Cameron started his career in the front-of-the-house while attending Texas Tech University. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Restaurant, Hotel and Institutional Management he enrolled in The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone. While studying in Napa Valley, California, Cameron expanded his studies by working as a teaching assistant in the wine college. Cameron took his first culinary positions under Chef Norman Van Aken at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando. It was here that he began to hone his skills, working his way up to Chef de Parte. From there, Cameron took a job under Dean Fearing at the Ritz-Carlton Dallas, where he worked his way up to Sous Chef. While working at Fearing’s, the Restaurant won numerous awards, including “No. 1 Hotel Restaurant in the Country” and “Top 10 Hotel Restaurants in the World.” Most recently, Cameron helped open a fine dining seafood restaurant in the West 7th District of Fort Worth, Texas.
In Lubbock, the couple hopes to add to the restaurant industry by using local ingredients in their changing seasonal menu as well as featuring local live music and participating in the First Friday Art Trail.
“Something really unique about The West Table is our actual tables. Cameron’s grandfather, Bill Shambeck, was a cotton farmer in the area and the tables that we have are reclaimed wood from an old cotton gin here in Lubbock.” – Rachel West
Cameron is also the grandson of Dirk West, local cartoonist and former mayor. As an a homage to Dirks’ Round Table at Lubbock Country Club, the Chef’s Table will be built in honor of him. This will seat 8-10 people; reservations are recommended.
Cameron, Rachel and their two children currently live in Lubbock, Texas.