A cornerstone of the all-new Lake Nona Town Center, Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen serves a colorful spectrum of small plates with big tastes. Every detail of the restaurant has been thoughtfully designed to create a social environment where guests can connect, dine, and unwind. Chroma’s visible kitchen faces the vibrant bar and lounge where guests can choose from a range of local and craft beers, specialty cocktails, and fine wines-on-tap. Diners can opt to sit inside in cozy banquettes, enjoy a meal outside on the covered patio or outdoor lounge, or in the solarium complete with views of Lake Nona’s community art installation, "The Beacon."
With a diverse culinary background, Executive Chef Jason Bergeron will serve Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen guests with the imagination, passion and skill he’s gained during his more than 20 years in kitchens across the country.
Born in Lowell, Mass., Bergeron grew up in southern New Hampshire. His interest in cooking began at a young age opting to watch Julia Child on TV instead of cartoons. He began his culinary career at 15 and quickly excelled as an apprentice with James Beard Award-winning chef, Bernhard Götz, at the Sheraton Hotel in Boston.
Following his apprenticeship, Bergeron enrolled at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. to refine his skills and harness his talent. After graduation, he worked as an executive chef at high-volume Boston restaurants including Main Street Bistro and Blackhawk Grille’s sister restaurant, Joe’s American Bar & Grill. During that time Bergeron gained experience with French, American, Spanish and Asian cuisines while also developing his kitchen management and customer service skills.
After four years serving as executive chef at Blackhawk Grille in California, Bergeron is excited to take the reins of Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen. Throughout his career, Bergeron’s modern American style has been influenced by world cuisines thanks to his years of experience and his family. In his current role, he continues to push the limits of creativity pulling inspiration from Florida’s culture and bounty of local ingredients.
Driven by his affinity for customer service, Maurice O’Donaghue has spent the last fourteen years in hospitality management. Toting four successful restaurant openings under his belt, O’Donaghue’s tenure as General Manager for Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen will mark his fifth.
O’Donaghue has worked with some of the biggest names in the business, such as Planet Hollywood International and BJ’s Restaurants. With international experience spanning four countries and two continents, O’Donaghue boasts a seasoned approach to food service management utilizing his education and experience to further evolve and embrace the Lake Nona community
O’Donaghue’s coach-like management style has proved instrumental in hiring and developing over 500 people on multiple teams. An avid Orlando City Soccer Club fan, O’Donaghue holds season tickets and proudly represents The Lions at every opportunity.