“Chef’s Special” with Chef Peter Durkin

By Chester Simpson “Chef’s Special” with Chef Peter Durkin Hunting Creek 1106 King St. Old Town Alexandria 703-836-5126 Huntingcreeksteak.com When did you first become interested in cooking and what made you choose a culinary career? I was about twenty and I had friends that had gone to the Culinary Institute of America and so I […]

Chef’s Profile: Margaret Long Hatfield

By Chester Simpson Margaret Long Hatfield Chef Instructor L’Academie de Cuisine lacademie.com.           When did you first become interested in cooking and why did you pursue a culinary career?   I grew up with a keen awareness of good food; both my maternal grandmother and mom are wonderful cooks. My grandma, […]

Chef Justus Frank

Chef Special By Chester Simpson Chef Justus Frank Live Oak Restaurant 1603 Commonwealth Ave. Alexandria (571) 312-0402 liveoakdelray.com When did you first become interested in cooking? Why did you decide to pursue a culinary career? I used to help my Mother and Grandmother bake during the holidays. Every major holiday revolves around large meals and […]

Chef Troy Clayton

By Chester Simpson Chef Troy Clayton Geranio Ristorante 722 King Street Old Town Alexandria 703-548-0088 Geranio.net     When did you first become interested in cooking and why did you pursue a culinary career? The first cooking memory is my little boy self, on a stepping stool making cheesecake with my Mother and Grandmother, perhaps […]

Chef Edward Lee

By Chester Simpson Chef Edward Lee Succotash Restaurant 186 Waterfront St. National Harbor (301) 567-8900 succotashrestaurant.com Chef Edward Lee is a Brooklyn-born chef and restaurateur currently based in Louisville, Kentucky. He has been a multiple finalist for the James Beard Foundation Best Chef Southeast. He has made numerous television appearances on shows including season 3 […]

Chef Ramanand Bhatt

Chef Ramanand Bhatt Dishes of India 1510A Bellview Boulevard Bellview Shopping Center 703-660-6085 Chef Ramanand Bhatt’s culinary journey started when he was 16 years old in New Delhi, India cooking at a roadside cafe. At age 25 he continued cooking in Spain at a prestigious Indian restaurant. Returning to India, he worked for the Air […]

Chef Kelvin Flores

By Chester Simpson Chef Kelvin Flores Palette 22 4053 Campbell Avenue Villages of Shirlington 703-746-9007 Palette22.com When did you first become interested in cooking? Why did you decide to pursue a culinary career? I came to the states when I was 17 and ever since I have been in kitchens. My first Sous Chef job […]

Chef Jeffery Lewis

By Chester Simpson   Chef Jeffery Lewis Chart House Restaurant One Cameron Street Old Town Alexandria 703-684-5080 Chart-House.com       When did you first become interested in cooking? Why did you decide to pursue a culinary career? I was 14 or so. Got my first job and I was hooked. I really enjoyed it. […]

Chef Oh Young

Chef Oh Young Streets Market & Cafe 3108 Mt. Vernon Ave. Alexandria, VA 22305 571-431-6810 http://www.streetsmarketcafe.com by Chester Simpson     When did you first become interested in cooking? Why did you decide to pursue a culinary career? I first became interested in the preparation of sushi when I was 18. My father grew up […]

Chef James Duke

Chef James Duke Copperwood Tavern 4021 Campbell Avenue Village of Shirlington 703-552-8010 Copperwoodtavern.com         By Chester Simpson When did you first become interested in cooking and what made you choose a culinary career? I first became interested in cooking when I was 21. I was working on my Bachelor of Science in […]