Previously Featured Chefs

Jason Smith

Jason Smith is the Executive Kitchen Manager at Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant in Richmond, VA.

He is originally from Charlottesville, VA where he grew up and fell in love with cooking at an early age. Coming from a family entrenched in the food industry, this is not surprising. Jason’s grandparents owned a nearby hog farm and his family also had their own vegetable garden. In assisting with the hog farm…

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Dan Watterson

Chef Dan Watterson started his career in the kitchen at Orlando, Florida where he was born and raised. His first foray into the kitchen was during the summer of his junior year in high school, at Harvey’s Bistro on Park Ave in Orlando’s Central Business District. Dan brought with him the influence of his mother…

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Ray Valle

Chef Ray Valle was born and raised in Puerto Rico. From a young age, he helped out on his grandfather’s beef and pork farm tending to the animals and completing other necessary farm tasks. At age eight, his grandfather taught him how to butcher a pig. Helping his grandfather on the farm and other family…

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Marjorie Meek-Bradley

Born and raised in Northern California, Marjorie Meek-Bradley started her illustrious career at the age of 17 at Ukiah Brewing Co., a certified organic restaurant. This experience helped her realize her love for the kitchen as well as helped shape her passion for local and organic ingredients. Chef Marjorie decided to perfect her culinary skills…

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Marc Heckrotte

For Chef Marc Heckrotte, his career started with his first job and an ice cream scoop at the age of 16 for a local Friendly’s in Baltimore, Maryland. Following this job, he worked at several other local restaurants and attended Towson for a Bachelor’s in English. Chef Marc wasn’t quite sure what he wanted to…

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Tim Jones

The son of two restaurant owners, Chef Tim Jones was no stranger to the kitchen growing up. He will be the first to admit that cooking was not his passion as a child, but something that has grown on him over time, and has turned into a career that he is very passionate about. When…

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Louis Goral

His passion for cooking started while cooking traditional meals with meat and potatoes with his grandmother in an Iowa kitchen and continues to this day. Louis Goral is our Chef of the Month for August, and this passion is obvious and each and every dish he creates as the Chef de Cuisine at Rural Society,…

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Manuel Rodriguez

Every chef should love what they do as much as Manuel “Manny” Rodriguez, the Executive Sous Chef at Crave does. His passion is more than obvious when he describes CRAVE, his past chef experience, and how he became a chef. It has to be this passion coupled with his talent that helped him to recently…

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