Meet Our Team
Making it happen every day!  Our team works hard to make sure each and every guest not only enjoys a great meal, but also has a great dining experience!
Great Food + Great Hospitality = Unparalleled Dining Experience

Courtney Dampman

Events Manager

Courtney began her path in the hospitality industry when she was 14 years old, working at the snack bar at her community pool. Courtney has since moved up the ranks at a variety of establishments, and proudly joined the Big Fish Grill team as a manager in 2013. She currently doubles as our Special Events Coordinator and is always looking for ways to grow and improve our banquets and catering business. Courtney holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from West Chester University. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends & two beloved canines.

Bob Cantu

General Manager

Bob is a fun loving guy who began his restaurant career as a 14 year old bus-boy in 1998.  He continued working in the restaurant industry as a server throughout college while obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management.  While seeking a career post-graduation, he decided the restaurant life was for him and began managing. He joined the Big Fish family in early 2014, what he refers to as one of the best decisions of his life. “Here at Big Fish, I love the fast-paced work environment, the people, and the FOOD!”  Off duty, Bob enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife and his first child Bobby III, who was born in 2016. He also loves watching his Philadelphia sports teams.

Chase Raymond


Chase is the newest addition to our team.  He grew up in a military family. After moving all over the country every few years, his family settled in Dover, Delaware. He started his career as a busser at age 16 and continued working in the restaurant industry through high school and college. He moved to Wilmington in 2014 and started at Big Fish Grill as a server. After countless hours and a lot of hard work he was promoted to Manager at the end of 2016. He believes this is one of the best companies to work for and is excited to be a part of such a successful and ever-growing restaurant group.

Matt Petfield

Executive Chef

Matt, or as he is better known by his Big Fish family as Mateo, got an early start in the service industry at the age of 12.  Having worked in country club, hotel, and restaurant settings, Matt has always been drawn to the fast-paced, dynamic restaurant environment.  Matt has done it all at Big Fish, and is a true example of the restaurant group’s desire to foster promotion from within the company.  After serving, bartending, and line-cooking at different concepts of the Big Fish Group, Matt decided to make the service industry his career.  He recently rejoined the Big Fish family after graduating from Johnson & Wales College of Culinary Arts, and he brings with him a young energy and creative spark to the kitchen at Big Fish Grill on the Riverfront.  Matt’s favorite aspect of being a chef is that he is able to work towards a tangible finished product that brings smiles to guests’ faces.  Don’t be afraid to give him a shout next time you visit!

German De La Cruz

Kitchen Manager

German has been a loyal member of Chef Mike’s kitchen crew for over fifteen years, well before their success here at Big Fish Grill.  Joining the team during the opening of the Riverfront location, where he is better known by his friends as Cristian, he is tasked with monitoring daily kitchen operations and ensuring food is produced fresh, and in line with Chef Mike’s high standards.  A family man, Cristian loves to spend time with his wife and three children.  Although he specializes in savory foods, Cristian is excited to use his free time to experiment with desserts and pastries, and seizes every opportunity to expand his knowledge of food.

Ryan Orndorff

Kitchen Manager

Ryan, known as “Chivo” (meaning “Goat”) by the kitchen crew, started in the business in 2000, while working at Bugaboo Creek Steak House. He worked his way up the ranks, and became a manager in 2006. His path took him to different concepts, such as Buffalo Wild Wings, Applebee’s and Lone Star Steak House, where he gained experience in not only the Kitchen, but also the Front of the House. He joined the Big Fish Team as a Kitchen Manager in 2011, and has since become an integral member of the team. Ryan makes sure our restaurant is clean and organized. He is our go-to any time something needs repair, and works hard to help keep our kitchen running efficiently. When he is not working, Ryan enjoys having family time with his fiance and their four wonderful children.

Ignacio Leyva

Kitchen Manager

Ignacio, more casually called Nacho, was raised in Mexico City, where he was a member of the Mexican SWAT Task Force.  Seeking a safer alternative, Nacho immigrated to the US in the late 90’s, and began working as a dishwasher in a fine dining seafood restaurant.  Exhibiting a strong willingness to learn, Nacho soon progressed through the ranks of the kitchen.  He has worked under two different James Beard Award nominated chefs, and enjoys learning through experience.  Nacho has been a part of the team at Big Fish Grill on the Riverfront since the opening in 2009, and he uses his extensive amount of restaurant experience and creativity to assist Chef Mike in crafting trendy, delicious new menu items for guests to enjoy.  On his off days, Nacho loves having fun with his girlfriend and two daughters.

Michael McNutt

Director of Culinary

Born a Delaware native, Michael McNutt developed a love for seafood at a young age while crabbing with his father on the Chesapeake inlet rivers.  After realizing his passion for food could translate to a career, Mike took a job at the Hotel DuPont after high school.  He learned from strict European chefs, and quickly became proficient in classic French cuisine.  Chef Mike attended Johnson & Wales College of Culinary Arts, where he further honed his craft.  Upon graduation, Mike climbed the ranks of the Rare Group, for whom he specialized in opening new restaurants in the New England area.  Missing home, Mike eventually moved back to Delaware, and joined the Big Fish team in 2009, during the opening of the Riverfront location.  Chef Mike strives to combine his knowledge of traditional technique with his love of seafood to produce the freshest seasonal specials for the masses to enjoy at Big Fish Grill on the Riverfront.

Brooke Bennett

Reputation Management

Brooke started her career with Big Fish Restaurant Group as a hostess in 2007 at the Big Fish Grill in Rehoboth, shortly after became a server, and eventually began managing in 2012. In 2018 she transferred to the Big Fish Grill in Wilmington and currently manages social media and review sites for that location. In her free time she enjoys being an Auntie to her two young nieces. Brooke holds a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Wesley College.