JC Colón


Executive Chef, Hotel Republic

Past: Flour and Barley, Searsucker Del Mar, Leroy’s Kitchen and Lounge, Cucina Urbana

What is the first dish you’ve ever cooked?
I don’t remember the first dish i specifically cooked, but growing up I would always watch ‘Great Chefs of the World’ on KPBS. I would watch the show, get hungry and try to mimic the style of cooking with whatever I found in the fridge or freezer. I would like to think it turned out amazing, but most likely not; I still ate it.

What inspired you to become a chef?
Being a chef has something I have always been drawn to. Every great memory with family or friends has revolved around food. jc-colon-food

How do you describe your style of cooking?
Simple and creative.

What’s your favorite dish to cook at home?
Any type of pasta.


What is the best part of being a chef in San Diego?
Being able to source the best ingredients at their freshest point.

What advice would you offer to anyone looking to start a culinary career?
Good luck…