Our Team

Jeff Dailey, Chef de Cuisine

Jeff Dailey

Chef de Cuisine

A Kentucky native, Jeff has spent his whole life raised around Kentucky cuisine. Born in Lexington, raised in Carrollton, he started his Culinary career at 14 years old, working for a local catering company after school. Jeff attended Culinary School at Sullivan University, graduating in 2005 and completed both the Culinary and Baking & Pastry program, while also obtaining a Bachelor’s in Hospitality Management. Jeff spent the next years working for at several of the bluegrass’s best restaurants before working his way to the position of Executive Chef at some of Louisville’s most acclaimed fine dining establishments such as Corbett’s Restaurant and Harvest, before joining the Churchill Downs team in February of 2020.

Cory Givan, General Manager

Cory Givan

General Manager

Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Cory has spent his professional life mastering the restaurant industry. He brings with him 25 years of restaurant and hospitality experience. Cory spent the first half of his career working in some of the finest kitchens in Louisville. Further in his career he shifted his focus to the dining room experience and ultimately General Management in fine dining. He is proud to call Matt Winn’s Steakhouse his home and thrilled to deliver the highest quality product in town paired with personal and impeccable service.

David Danielson, Senior Executive Chef, Churchill Downs

David Danielson

Senior Executive Chef, Churchill Downs

With over twenty years of hands on experience in the hospitality industry, David brings a wealth of knowledge and insight to the industry.

Upon embarking on his culinary career David began his training at Dumas Pere School of French Cooking and later continued at the renowned hotel school Ecole Hotelier Tain l’ Hermitage in France.

Over the next two decades David continued to develop his craft working along side some of the industries greatest legends, working in North America, Europe, the Caribbean and Asia, South America.

David made the move to Churchill Downs in 2011, joining the Levy team managing all food and beverage operations. As Executive Chef he oversees all of the planning and execution of the Kentucky Derby as well as daily operations and special events.

Prior to joining the team at Churchill Downs David held Executive Chef positions at Rockefeller Center New York with Restaurant Associates, Executive Chef of the United Nations Plaza Hotel, and The Palmer House Hilton Chicago.

David is the co-author of The Bourbon Country Cook Book and is a well-recognized chef local and nationally having appeared on such media outlets as Top Chef Season 16 as celebrity Chef Judge, ABC World News, Fox & Friends, Travel Channel, WGN, and Secrets of Bluegrass Chefs. Chef David has also appeared in numerous national publications including, People Magazine, Conde Nast traveler, Men’s Journal, USA Today,

David’s expertise extends well beyond the boundaries of his culinary skills; David has a strong financial background, with an emphasis in budget writing, cost of goods utilization, labor management and forecasting, inventory controls, and waste reduction measures.

David has successfully overseen the operations of several multi-million dollar operations throughout his career and has a deep understanding of how to manage the variable cost aspects of daily operations of a food service establishment.

David has consulted on serval large scale special events throughout the world including Super bowl 2011, US Open Tennis, 2016 Rio Olympics, 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, 2008 Beijing Olympics, Chicago Gourmet, Lollapalooza.

Richard Sutton, Vice President, Hospitality

Richard Sutton

Vice President, Hospitality

Richard is a restaurateur at heart and has dedicated over twenty years to the hospitality industry. After graduating with a BBA in Management and Finance from Saint Bonaventure University, Richard set out on a path to gain experience and enhance his expertise with a goal of owning his own restaurant. He held many positions including hands on operational as well as multiple leadership and regional roles before building and opening his first restaurant in 2003. In the following years, Richard opened two more of his own restaurants along with a consulting firm which assisted the operation and growth of over twenty small businesses.

Richard moved into the Sports and Entertainment sector in 2007 by joining Levy and became the Director of Operations of the Charlotte NBA Arena. Since then he has managed the operational, administrative, and financial aspects of some of the largest venues and events in the country including NBA, NFL, NHL, PGA, MLS, NASCAR, Ryder Cup, and the Democratic National Convention.

Richard brought his experience to Louisville, KY in 2016 and took on the challenge of one of the largest sporting events in the world. As Vice President of Hospitality Strategy for Churchill Downs, he leads a team of business professionals who oversee the complete hospitality operation of the Kentucky Derby as well as shaping the future of the venue with projects like Matt Winn’s Steakhouse and the new hotel and gaming facility currently under construction.

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