Staff

Meet the staff of Elements Bistro.

Lorenzo Klink

Executive Chef

Executive Chef Lorenzo Klink comes to Elements Bistro and Grill with over thirty-five years of experience. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Lorenzo has worked with legendary chefs such as David Burke and Charlie Palmer. He has served as Executive Sous Chef at the Spago Restaurant in Beverly Hills, which was awarded the 2005 Outstanding Service Award by the James Beard Foundation, the Sheraton Maui Resort in Hawaii, and Chef de Cuisine at the luxury resort the Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne in Miami.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Chef Lorenzo’s culinary education began early in life. Instead of playgrounds and ballfields, Lorenzo spent his childhood in kitchens learning from his father, the son of German immigrants, who served as an Executive Sous Chef in high end restaurants such as the Essex House in Manhattan and The Oyster Bar in Grand Central Station. But his most important culinary instruction came from his Sicilian grandmother’s kitchen where he learned the secrets of great Sicilian pastas and soups and how to maximize the flavor of a dish.

Elements Bistro and Grill presented the two things for which Chef Lorenzo was hoping to find: small town community with an outstanding fine dining restaurant. “My vision is to connect with local farmers to create a refined classic American farm to table concept,” said Chef Lorenzo.

Antonio “Tony” Lopez

General Manager

Tony was born in Caracas, Venezuela and came to the United States in 1975. He worked for the United States Department of Defense in Germany for 13 years.  While in Europe, he followed his passion for food and wine throughout Italy, France, Spain and Slovenia. After returning to the States from Germany in 1995, he settled in Fort Myers, Florida and began his hospitality and fine dining career as an Assistant Manager at Villa Pescatore Italian Restaurant in Naples, Florida. A few years later, in Naples, he was hired as General Manager for Frascati’s Italian Restaurant, followed by an owner/operator partnership for Chiantis Italian Restaurant. He relocated to Lyons after his marriage to a local “Georgia Peach” and became part of the Elements Bistro and Grill family in 2008.