Chef Phillip Milton
Phill Milton, of Michigan, began his culinary interest at a young age, watching and learning from his mother and grandmother in his childhood home. Over the years his passion for cooking lead him to apply for culinary school, which he was accepted into in 1996 at the age of 19. His attendance at Scottsdale Culinary Institute in Arizona expanded his repertoire and style of cooking immensely. Upon his completion, Chef Phill Milton, returned to his roots in Michigan working in kitchens across the Detroit Area at Too Chez, Tribute, and Travis Pointe Country Club. In 2001 Phill put his career on hold to serve his country and enlist in the U.S. Army where he served for two tours. Upon his safe return he relocated to Tampa, Florida where the Chef not only returned back to the kitchen but back to school as well to earn a degree in Computer Science from the University of South Florida. After two degrees and two years of the Army under his belt Chef Phill was ready to return to his true passion of cooking. In 2015 Chef was recruited to work for the Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. At this point his newly married wife, who was from Pittsburgh, was desperate to move back to the Steel City and began to introduce Chef Phill to the rising food scene of the area. Chef Phill Milton is happy to call Social House 7 his new home base, serving up izakaya/Japanese style dishes for customers of the Greater Pittsburgh Area.
Chef Dan Forster
Chef Dan Forster is our Executive Sushi Chef for Social House 7 and can be found rolling up amazing creations at his open workstation in the middle of the restaurant. Chef Dan has been a resident of Pittsburgh for 23 years and began working in the restaurant industry while in school at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. After graduating with a degree in graphic design Dan scored his first position with a small sushi restaurant in 1997. He was later hired to open the first sushi bar for Jimmy Wans restaurant in May of 1998. Our chef then left Jimmy Wans for a short period to continue his education and work as a cook at the very well known and highly reviewed Soba Lounge in Shadyside in 2005 for one year. Chef Dan then returned to Jimmy Wans at the new Cranberry location to open and run their sushi bar for the next 8 years until he arrived at Ten Penny, Social House 7’s sister restaurant to assist while researching his creations for our wonderful Sushi menu! Chef’s Dan’s cooking style is best described as Japanese and Korean with a touch of western influence.
Chef Heidi Zerbe
Chef Heidi Zerbe is our Executive Pastry Chef at Social House 7 and is responsible for all of our fantastic dessert creations. Heidi has worked in the restaurant industry for over 20 years with a wide background of experience in several environments. After working for about 15 years she decided to further her education completing a 4,000hour apprenticeship program with the American Culinary Federation while working at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. In May of 2015 Pastry Chef Heidi graduated with a degree in baking and pastry arts from Westmoreland County Community College. Our Pastry Chef is currently an officer with the Laurel Highlands ACF chapter and also whips up wonderful creations for Delanie’s Coffee in the Southside and Ten Penny downtown. Chef Heidi’s style is whimsical, upscale, and innovative. She has incorporated Asian inspiration and ingredients into all of her delicious desserts at Social House 7.