Chef Fran Hannan is a graduate of The Philadelphia Restaurant School (The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College) and apprenticed at the famous Four Seasons Hotel and the Le Bec Fin.
Chef Fran jumped on the rock and roll wagon cooking for Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones Steel Wheel Tour, President George Bush, President and Mrs. Clinton and also participated in Philadelphia’s Cook and the Book. He has contributed recipes to several published cook books and donated time and services to charity and live television promotionals.
After leaving his mark on the Hotel atop the Bellevue and the Penn Tower Hotel Chef Fran moved across the bridge as the Executive Chef / General Manager of the Garden State Race Track where he introduced his classical training combined with extraordinary presentations. The closing of the track brought the end of one era and the beginning of a new challenge. Chef Fran ventured into showcasing his talents through his own venues opening several fine dining and family style restaurants in the area.
Chef Fran joined with other area chefs/ restauranteurs to form the original South Jersey Hot Chefs officially bringing Restaurant Week to the South Jersey area promoting the talent and tastes on this side of the Delaware.
Serving as Executive Chef at The Merion Caterers brings the chef back to his roots lending him the exciting opportunity to once again showcase his love of food and the ability to create the ultimate culinary experience.