Chef Derek Dollar
Execuive Chef & Managing Partner
Originally from Orlando, Florida, Dollar moved to Atlanta when he was 11 years old and worked in local restaurants while in high school. After graduation, he was on track to attend college as a business major, but his love affair with the restaurant industry compelled him to attend culinary school at the Art Institute of Atlanta instead. After completing culinary school, he worked at Rainwater restaurant in Alpharetta under acclaimed Atlanta chef Jay Swift, who took Dollar under his wing and became his mentor. His desire to continue a fine dining career led Dollar to join Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails in the CrabappleCommunity of North Fulton, Georgia as sous chef in January 2011. Two years later he was promoted to chef de cuisine and quickly became the restaurant’s executive chef in 2013 and continued to build the business as a managing partner until 2023 when he decided to join the team at The Mill Restaurant in Roswell, Georgia as Executive Chef and Managing Partner. With his culinary career now spanning over two decades he has since gained a reputation as an inventive and uncompromising chef who demands the very best and keeps his own plate quite full in the process. In addition to the traditional executive chef responsibilities, Dollar has experimented in horticulture with the goal of restaurant sustainability along with staff and guest education on the importance of local partnerships with farmers and how to utilize garden bounties and hyper-local ingredients each night. Because of this, in 2017 Chef Dollar was chosen by Agriculture Commissioner of Georgia Gary Black to join the Georgia Grown Executive Chef team for his outstanding contributions to sustainable dining he utilizes in his menu planning. With this honor, Chef Derek along with other well-known Atlanta chefs traveled to cook and represent the South at a James Beard House series showcasing Southern chefs who specialize in utilizing local ingredients. Dollar resides in Woodstock with his wife, Lisa, and their two children. When he’s not at The Mill, Dollar enjoys dedicating his time to events that benefit the communities where he works and lives.
With a bubbly personality and a strong work ethic, Courtney Ross ensures that everything runs according to plan. Born and raised in South Georgia, she's a proud southern girl hailing from Douglasville, where her restaurant industry journey began at age 15. What started out as part-time gig in a small pizza shop in her hometown turned into a lifelong career. Since then, she's honed her skills and climbed the ladder to General Manager at The Mill Kitchen and Bar. Courtney is proud to foster a strong sense of community at The Mill Kitchen and Bar, where close-knit relationships between staff and guests flourish. Courtney loves the opportunity to meet new people and create memorable experiences for others. Whether it's a birthday celebration, a romantic date night, or a private event, she takes pride in making every visit worthwhile. When it's time to unwind, Courtney recommends an elegant espresso martini and the Salmon entrée with grilled zucchini and a standout tomato gravy.
Assistant General Manager
Assistant General Manager Ethan Warden brings heart and soul to our management team with a genuine love for great food and warm hospitality. Hailing from Birmingham, AL, he's a down-to-earth family guy who enjoys the great outdoors, hosting gatherings, and tending to his garden when he's not in the restaurant. He studied biochemistry in college, but his passion for hospitality led him on a different path. Today, he brings a scientific mind and a dash of humor and charm to every interaction at The Mill Kitchen and Bar, where he thrives as a leader in a vibrant atmosphere surrounded by great people. Ethan's passion for great food and hospitality shines through in everything he does. From ensuring a welcoming atmosphere to overseeing the quality of our dishes, he's dedicated to creating a memorable dining experience for every guest. He highly recommends starting with our delicious octopus appetizer before trying the scallops, and of course, his must-order craft cocktail is the refreshing Luau.
Director of Events
Originally from the town of Preston, in the north of England, Chloe Davey began her career at The Mill as a host in 2013, one year after moving to the United States. From her position as a host, she has worked as a server, front of house manager, and General manager, before finding her passion in events. With a diverse educational background in business and sales, as well as language and culture, combined with her experience in fine dining, her passion for people and food, and her knack for marketing and management, Chloe helps make The Mill great every day. Chloe takes pride in ensuring her weddings, birthdays, and in-house events are run to Perfection!
Olivia Des Rosiers
Front of House Manager
Private Event Captins