Like many college students, Ted Burke began his restaurant career as a waiter and bartender, delicately balancing work and studies. But, unlike most, in just a few short years, Ted advanced from part-time employee to co-owner of one of the most beautiful restaurants in California. He and partner Bob Munsey have since built the Shadowbrook and Crow's Nest restaurants into major Central Coast attractions.
Before entering college Ted studied as an exchange student at the National University in México City. As an undergraduate student he attended Santa Clara University, majoring in finance, and spent his senior year specializing in international business at the Universidad de las Américas in México City. The following year he served in the U.S. Army Reserves before beginning his post-college education at the Monterey Institute for International Studies.
While attending language school in Monterey in 1972 in preparation for further graduate studies at the prestigious Thunderbird School of Global Management, he was hired and trained as a summer waiter and bartender at Shadowbrook Restaurant …… and he never left. He served as a manager of the restaurant from 1973-78, when he and his partner, Bob Munsey, became co-owners of both the Shadowbrook and Crow's Nest restaurants. Ted is managing owner of the Shadowbrook, which has received numerous citations for its romantic atmosphere and excellent food, while Bob was the managing owner of the Crow's Nest, which is a destination oceanfront restaurant known for its fine beef and seafood as well as its popular lounge. Bob retired in February of 2010.
Long an active civic and business leader, Ted is the immediate past Chair of the Santa Cruz County Business Council, Vice-President of the Dominican Hospital Foundation in Santa Cruz as well as Director Emeritus of the National Restaurant Association in Washington D.C. He has served on the board and as president of the California Restaurant Association, and he also served for nearly ten years as chair of the powerful statewide Political Action Committee of the CRA as well as its Issues-PAC. He is past president of the Santa Cruz County Conference & Visitors Council and a former commissioner representing the statewide restaurant industry and later Co-Chair of the California Travel and Tourism Commission.
His strong commitment to the local community earned him the Santa Cruz Industrial Education Council's "Outstanding Businessperson of the Year" award and the Santa Cruz Conference and Visitors Council's first "Award of Excellence". In 2001 the restaurant industry honored Ted for his many contributions to the restaurant industry and to those it serves by inducting him into the California Restaurant Association's "Hall of Fame". In 2004, the California Travel Industry Association (Cal-TIA) honored Ted as the very first recipient of its "Restaurateur of the Year" award. Locally, the Aptos Chamber of Commerce included Ted in the millennium year of 2000 as one of the "Men of the Century". Ted was also recognized by Rotary International and designated with its prestigious "Paul Harris Fellowship" in 2006.
Ted lives in Santa Cruz near the Yacht Harbor and enjoys golf, gardening and his four children, Joslyn, Natalie, Kelly and Elliott and grandsons, Grayson and Hudson.