Chef/Owner Alex Truitt

By Chester Simpson Chef / Owner Alex Truitt Blue And White Carry Out 1024 Wythe Street Old Town Alexandria (703) 548-3867 Monday – Friday 5:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Closed on weekends Blue & White is a community institution. This is good southern comfort food dished out in huge portions, a real working class breakfast […]

Let’s Eat!!

Let’s Eat by Chef Charles Oppman Lamb Shanks With Easter just around the corner, it’s time to break out the lamb recipes. When we think spring lamb, most of think of that boneless roast or a bone-in leg, but let’s try something different. Of course, French cut lamb chops are wonderful, but expensive and lack […]

“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. […]