Team Bios

Raymond Hook – Managing Partner

rhs-raymondRaymond’s true love of quality is the driving force behind his 30-year career in the art and business of artisan cheeses and specialty foods. Within the industry, Raymond has owned and run restaurants, managed one of the leading specialty food retailers in the United States, worked with producers and suppliers across the globe, acted as a New York City sales manager for a national distributor and developed extensive media contacts across the country. Raymond’s sweeping successes in his field brought him recognition as one of the Saveur 100 in 2002. He has both acted as a cheese judge at the California State Fair and sat on the Board of Directors of the California Artisan Cheese Guild. Raymond has also participated as both a moderator and a panelist for multiple classes at the American Cheese Society, and writes a popular weekly cheese column for the top-five ranked food website The Daily Meal. Raymond is well known for his depth of knowledge, his passion and the infectious enthusiasm he brings to his work; his clients understand that he only represents products that have earned his respect. While an acknowledged pioneer in the New York City specialty food marketing and consulting field, Raymond is still affectionately known to his friends as “The Cheese Guy.”

Madeleine James – Project Manager, New York

Madeleine has a multi-faceted background in the fields of fine dining, public relations and organizational management. She spent five years working with Dressler, the Michelin-starred, pioneering Brooklyn restaurant, was the public relations manager for a top New York City acting coach and most recently worked as the copy editor and marketing coordinator for a bestselling author. Her passion for food and interest in New York City’s ever-exciting restaurant scene inspired her to work with Raymond Hook Specialty, where she is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the company and the execution of special projects. Madeleine has a strong eye for detail, a savvy marketing sense and a love of great food. She graduated from NYU with a degree in French Literature, and loves exploring French-inspired cuisine in New York and beyond.

Dave Adamick – Demonstration Manager, New York

Dave has upwards of 15 years of experience in many facets of the specialty food industry. While he specializes in Brand Management and Food Demonstration Services, he has done everything from dishwashing to running the operations for a major specialty NYC coffee company. He is currently running RHS’s growing Brand Ambassador Program and is responsible for education, management, scheduling and client relations. He organizes all demonstrations at NYC retailers and oversees the demonstration company nationwide.

Karen Grant – Sales Manager, San Francisco

Bio coming soon!

Samantha Naik  – Sales Manager, Atlanta

Bio coming soon!