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.

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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…