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Ingenious Preparations Meet Inspired Ingredients

Chef Zachary Pope: The Executive Chef at Blackwall Hitch in Annapolis, MD.

The vision and skill that Zachary Pope has refined over years of training and experience as a chef has led to a simple philosophy: the perfect meal begins with the best ingredients. From there, attention to detail, passion and an ability to entice all the senses set his cuisine apart.

While studying pre-med at Baylor University, Pope took a job as a waiter and was soon drawn to the kitchen. His epiphany came in his third year of college, when a conversation with his brother led to the simple question: “What do you like to do?” Within weeks of this discussion, he enrolled in the Baltimore International Culinary College.

Chef Pope excelled in his studies at BICC and was awarded a seven-month fellowship at the Park Hotel, Ireland’s premier country resort famous for its classic cuisine. Upon his return to the states, he worked as sous chef at Matters of Taste catering in Old Town Alexandria, VA.

Following his tenure at Matters of Taste, Chef Pope worked in many of the area’s finest restaurants, alongside renowned chefs. In Annapolis, he worked at Scirocco. In Washington, DC, he fine-tuned his craft at Restaurant Vidalia, Georgetown Station, Brigadoon, Vintage Wine Bistro (with Gerard Pangaud of Gerard’s Place), Red Sage, Tahoga, Butterfield 9 and Ortanique.

In 2005, Chef Pope launched his own business, Roundz Catering, followed by Roundz Gourmet Market, in Gambrills.

In 2015, Chef Pope joined Blackwall Hitch in Annapolis as executive chef. In his role at Blackwall Hitch, Chef Pope brings years of training in classical cuisine. Generally, the classical method of food preparation employs the practice of using nothing but the finest ingredients, equipment and talent. Put simply, it is the very finest food, prepared perfectly. Its hallmark is a thorough understanding of ingredients, flavor, texture and interaction. Classical cuisine is as much about the food as how to prepare the food. Join him for a meal at Blackwall Hitch and taste the difference.

Chef Zachary Pope Awards:
Chef Zachary Pope- Capital Reader’s Choice Best Chef 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016
Chef Zachary Pope- What’s Up West County Best Chef 2013, 2014
Best Caterer – What’s Up West County 2013, 2014
Roundz – 2013 Business of the Year – West County Chamber of Commerce
Most Creative Cuisine – Capital Gazette 2013
Talk of the Town – 5 Star Rated Eatery – 2013
Brides’ Choice Award – 2009-2014 -WeddingWire.com
Best Caterer – Capital Readers’ Choice Finalist 2010-2013