Director of Operations
VAST is a beautiful, 179-seat restaurant and bar with multiple private dining rooms, including a Chef's Table and Lounge, situated on the 49th floor of Devon Energy Center. Kurt and his team of professionals are building on the restaurant's success over the past two years and taking Vast to the next level. By using local producers to add a more regional flair, Kurt believes Vast will become the dining gem of Oklahoma City.
Enis Mullaliu was born and raised in Kosovo. He left home at 16 and lived in various countries throughout Europe, including Austria, Germany and the United Kingdom, before he moved to the U.S. at 18 to join his parents and follow the American Dream. Shortly after, he started working at the Pepperoni Grill, a locally owned upscale bistro featuring entirely house-made Italian cuisine in Edmond. He worked there for four years while he pursued his bachelor?s degree in criminal justice and minor in business at the University of Central Oklahoma.
His defining opportunity in the food industry came after graduation, when he joined Chef Kurt Fleischfresser at The Coach House, a premier fine dining restaurant and the only AAA Four Diamond rated restaurant in Oklahoma City. He worked there for nine years, before he helped open The George prime steakhouse in 2013. In addition to his role as the house manager/maître d?, he also assisted with construction, created the training manual and trained the front-of-house staff.
He brings to Vast a high level of expertise regarding training, experience and knowledge of fine dining standards. His expectations for Vast are very simple: Be the best restaurant that offers the best service, best food and best atmosphere, and make people feel comfortable.
Outside of work, he enjoys eating, drinking wine, running, cooking, and watching and playing soccer. He runs two marathons every year; one is the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. His native tongue is Albanian, and he speaks four languages.
Chef Kevin Lee picked up his first cooking shift at a local sushi restaurant while attending the University of Las Vegas. Kevin trained for 2 intense years under Chef and owner, Joon Choi, of Sushi Wa. He then became the Sous Chef at Mizuya located in the Mandalay Bay hotel. Shortly after, Kevin was named Executive Chef at age 21. Ready for a change of scenery, Kevin moved to Oklahoma City in December of 2009 opening Burger Rush with his cousin Andrew Hwang. In 2011, Kevin joined the prestigious Coach House apprenticeship program to train under Kurt Fleischfresser. Upon graduation, Kevin became the sous chef of Vast. Where he currently leads the culinary team and serves as the Executive Chef.
Kevin's culinary experience extends to several other Oklahoma City restaurants. Most recently, he partnered with Daniel Chae's new concept, Gogi Go.