Chef-1st Mate Kip La’Von Nesbitt

Chef-1st Mate Kip La’Von Nesbitt


          TITLE NAME NATION    
 1st. Mate and Chef  

   Kip La’Von Nesbitt

   USA & BVI   


Number of Crew: 2    English                     



Chef Kip La’Von Nesbitt:  Grew up in New York and has loved cooking from a very young age. He has spent part of his adult life in New York. where he earned a Degree in Culinary Arts at Johnson and Wales College in 1981. He also attended La Wilson Technical School in Dix Hills NY to Food Preparation and Sanitation in  form 1977-79 His cooking and service experience has included many fine restaurants since 1981.  We hired Chef Kip as he has a great reputation in the BVI, and we are pleased he has joined us on La Grande Bellezza. His mother’s side of the family was from the British Virgin Island, and he has lived in the BVI for the last 32 years. Chef Kip is a USA and BVI citizen! 

2017 – TV Show Below Deck Season: Head Executive Chef of staff of the Mega yacht “Valor” and “Sea Queen” (St Maarten) 

2008 to Present – Charter Yacht Chef with most of the major yacht charter companies: Mooring, TMN, Festiva, Conch Charters, Dream Yacht Charters, Sunsail, Marine Max and Catamaran Charters. 

Chef Kip has owned his own catering business. He has catered parties for Hon Dr. Orlando Smith, former minister of the second district, Ex Hon. Alvin Christopher as well as many lawyers, doctors, and judges. 

2006-2008 – Bitter End Yacht Club – Executive Sous Chef.

2004-2005 – McConnicks & Schmicks (Maryland) Sour Chef

1999-2003 Self Employed – BVI – Executive Chef

1996-1999 Myett’s Restaurant and Grille – BVI- Executive Chef

1994-1998 Village Cay Restaurant – BVI – Executive Chef

1989-1994 United States Merchant Marines – Food Preparation, preparing meals aboard Merchant Ships.

Chef Kip became Chief Steward in charge of Maintenance of the vessel he worked on. 

1987-1989 Huntington Royal Carlin Hotel – Melville NY – Chef de Cuisine/ Assistant Banquet Chef

See CV for additional work experience.

Chef Kip brings a new level of service with his teammate Captain Dayne to La Grande Bellezza, truly a Five Star Charter!