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

Chase Raymond

General Manager

Chase 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.

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.

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.