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The County Seat Dining & Catering

62 Water Street
(Route 206 South)
Newton, NJ  07860

Tel: 973-383-0235
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Chef Roger Mora Valverde

About the Chef:

Roger Mora Valverde, a self-taught chef, was born in Costa Rica where he played professional soccer but had aspirations of coming to The United States. When he was nineteen he gave up his soccer career and ventured to New Jersey where others from his area had relocated. Starting out as a dishwasher, Roger’s ambition quickly earned him a cooking position where he learned a few basics. He soon took a job at Muldoon’s in Ledgewood, New Jersey, which changed owners soon after. Roger remained with the new owners, Robert & Jean Duda, and before long his drive and talents were recognized and he was made head chef. The new position unleashed his creativity, transforming a little Irish Pub into a well-known hot spot for unexpected & distinctive cuisine. In 2003 the Duda family sold Muldoon’s and beautifully renovated a nineteenth century mansion in Stanhope, NJ into the restaurant that is now Bell’s Mansion. Roger continued his creative style at the new restaurant where his menu boasted an item from just about every ethnic background yet was enhanced by his own added flair and emphasis on presentation. He received a high rating from the Morris County Daily Record, The New York Times & New Jersey Tables Magazine, among others. The Duda Family sold Bell’s Mansion in 2007 with the desire to retire. Roger, along with his wife Tracey Mora Valverde and his sister-in-law Jennifer Konya (daughters of Robert & Jean Duda), decided to renovate and re-open the popular staple of Newton, The County Seat. Roger, Tracey & Jennifer’s aspiration for the new County Seat is to continue Roger’s creative eclectic style, but also offer an array of affordable pub fare in a comfortable, friendly atmosphere. Whether going out for a quick burger or for a special occasion with elegant entrees, Roger’s diverse dining, catering & private party menus at The County Seat offer something for everyone and every budget.