Our Team

MIKE MCCARTY

General Manager/Executive Chef/Partner

Chef Mike‘s work begins when the doors to the restaurant have closed for the evening. He is on the phone with purveyors until the early morning hours making sure that we have the freshest fish delivered before we re-open the next afternoon. Chef Mike has spent the last 10 years carefully cultivating his relationships with fishermen, distributors and local farmers so The Lobster Trap receives only the freshest fish and ingredients. He and his team are the area’s specialists when it comes to the delicate preparation and pairing of seafood. Chef Mike is passionate about fish and it shows.

AMY BEARD

Partner

Amy is excited about offering an authentic taste of Maine to the locals and visitors of Asheville. She loves to sit in front of a pile of freshly steamed shellfish and get her hands dirty. She hopes that you will enjoy a true seafood experience here in the Appalachian Mountains.

MATT GAFFNEY

Bar Manager

We all feel lucky to have Matt Gaffney on the team. Matt cares about people. He cares deeply about the success of the staff and the experience of the customer. Matt’s philosophy is, "We are ladies and gentlemen serving ladies and gentlemen."

ALEX PAYTON

Front of the House Manager

Alex worked at The Lobster Trap part time while he was completing his degree in Environmental Studies at UNCA. Alex was very interested in The Lobster Trap’s commitment to sustainability and our partnership with Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch. After he graduated, he accepted the role as front of the house manager where he continues to work with us to ensure that everything we do, from our straws to our seafood, is environmentally sustainable. Alex not only shares our commitment to sustainability, but also our commitment to customer service and is happy to accommodate all of our customer needs!

CALEB DUVAL

Sous Chef

Professionally trained at Johnson and Wales, Caleb brings years of experience and a big heart to the management team at The Lobster Trap. Before moving to Asheville, Caleb spent 8 years on Cape Cod getting to know New England seafood first hand. Caleb has a great sense of humor and dedication to his work.