Meet Our Culinary Team
Originally from Rock Hill, SC, Garrett Merck has spent the past 18 years serving in the hospitality industry. Learning to cook at a young age, Merck was inspired by the ever-changing world of culinary arts. Throughout his career, Merck has held many jobs in various culinary concepts and multiple dining facets such as catering, casual dining, family restaurants, steakhouses, private clubs and hotels.
With 14 years of culinary adventures defining his present approach to gastronomy, Merck brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to the role of executive chef at The Ballantyne. Committed to sourcing local food, practicing sustainable measures and influencing creativity, Merck directs food preparation for all culinary outlets of the hotel and works to ensure the highest level of quality, consistency and presentation.
Merck previously served as executive sous chef and supported oversight of culinary operations. He also held the position of executive banquet chef at The Ballantyne.
Before that, Merck was chef de cuisine at Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando. In this role, he managed the à la carte kitchen to maintain hotel and property management, Marriott and AAA standards. Within eight months of touching down at Le Boheme, Merck received Best Hotel Restaurant, Best Jazz Brunch and Best Power Lunch for Central Florida Diners’ Choice Awards.
Earlier in his career, Merck worked at The Ballantyne as sous chef of Gallery Restaurant, Charlotte’s only Forbes Four-Star recognized culinary destination at the time, working under his mentor, Chef de Cuisine David Moore. Leading the team to several distinguished awards within the local community, Merck found the resources and determination to continue his passion for culinary and press for higher standards within the hotel. Merck joined The Ballantyne in 2010, where he was involved in the daily operation and production of Gallery Restaurant.
Pastry Sous Chef
With eight years of experience in baking and pastry, Noelle Gogg brings a fresh perspective to the pastry team at The Ballantyne, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Charlotte.
As pastry sous chef, she is responsible for the day to day operations and organization of the pastry kitchen. Gogg oversees afternoon tea pastries and Gallery Restaurant’s innovative dessert specials. She collaborates with the executive pastry chef on outlet menus, special events and holiday menus for The Ballantyne.
Prior to joining The Ballantyne, Gogg was a pastry cook at Montage Deer Valley Resort and Spa in Park City, Utah. She also worked at Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina and served as a baking assistant at Adams Fairacre Farms in Kingston, New York.
Originally from Kingston, Gogg is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America.