Ray's on the River
Accolades & Awards
It is an honor to be awarded and recognized for delivering exceptional culinary and service experiences. Thank you to our incredible patrons for allowing us to serve you and be a part of so many wonderful memories!
Meet Our Team
Jon joined Ray's in July 2021, after spending more than 17 years in the hospitality industry. His career began as a caterer in college and has held many positions including host, server, bartender, culinary manager, and ultimately general manager. Throughout his career he has worked for high standard, high volume, and strict operating groups. Jon enjoys bringing his experiences and knowledge to the Ray's team. Jon has a passion for hospitality and bringing a high energy, highly motivating attitude to develop his team.
When he is not at Ray's Jon enjoys fitness, nutrition and spending time with his family.
Simon Young brings his passion for food, leadership and creativity to Ray's on the River, where he leads the kitchen as executive chef. Discovering his love for the restaurant industry over 26 years ago, Young thrives in a hands-on environment, taking raw ingredients and turning them into truly special dishes for guests to enjoy. Young's management skills set him apart as a leader in the restaurant, overseeing the kitchen day-in and day-out and making him a wonderful addition to the Ray's Restaurants family.
Young was born and raised in New Zealand, where he found his passion for dining and the connection it brings to people across the globe. He went on to culinary school and graduated from Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology before traveling across the world to perfect his craft - working in Christchurch, New Zealand, as executive chef of a local hotel before moving stateside to Key West, Florida, joining the La Trattoria team to serve Italian cuisine. Young eventually moved to Nashville, Tenn., heading the kitchen at The Pub before relocating to Atlanta in 2014. Serving as executive chef at Stoney River Steakhouse and Grill for two years, Young transitioned to South City Kitchen Buckhead in 2016 before joining the Ray's Restaurants team in early 2021.
Young's belief that there is always room for growth drives him forward as a chef and leader, delivering an exceptional meal to each guest dining with Ray's on the River. Professionally, he enjoys teaching others how to create various types of cuisines and competes in Ironman Triathlons in his spare time.