Cress celebrates 13 amazing years in DeLand in August 2021.  Through the years we have remained fully committed to our pledge of thoughtful sourcing, supporting local farmers, and drawing inspirations from all over the world.

2020 Best Overall Restaurant

22nd Annual Orlando Sentinel Foodie Awards

Australian Leg of Lamb

Meet the Team

Tom Brandt

GENERAL MANAGER & CO-OWNER

Tom has spent a career as a restaurant operator and a kitchen manager. Before purchasing Cress in 2019, Tom enjoyed more than 20 years as General Manager of Ruth’s Chris Steak House as well as both an operations and kitchen manger with Chart House. Along with his wife, Suran, Tom owned and operated Sabai-Sabai mobile Thai food truck in the Orlando area. Tom has achieved a first level Sommelier certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers.

Suran Brandt

MANAGER

Suran has a passion for hospitality which she learned from a young age growing up in Thailand. She learned the art of hospitality while working at many international hotels and restaurants in the Bangkok area such as Planet Holleywood, Sofitel and Marriott International. Suran was able to move to the US in the late 90’s as a Marriott International team member assisting with one of their properties in Michigan. Within a few years Suran became a US Citizen. She eventually found a home in the restaurant industry which lead her to Florida.  Suran was co-owner and Chef of a Thai food truck, Sabai-Sabai Mobile Thai in the Orlando area.

Phil Pierce

SOUS CHEF

Phil developed a love for cooking by helping his mother cook for the family. With initial guidance from the Betty Crocker cookbook, Phil built a foundation for his culinary career feeding his brothers and sisters. Always striving for excellence, Phil has been fortunate to work & learn alongside many well-respected chefs in the culinary community. Phil is thankful to have a beautiful fiancé that encourages him to do what he loves. They have a two year old daughter who is currently only interested in mac n cheese, but he’s working on that.