Each month, we ask one of Pittsburgh's chefs: What do you do and how do you eat when you're out of the kitchen?
Work: East Liberty
How long have you worked in your position? Since October 2015, before we had a kitchen. Whitfield & the hotel opened in December of last year. Prior to the hotel, I was the sous chef at Eleven in the Strip.
What do you cook at home? If I’m just cooking for myself, I usually make beans and rice. I love to eat my yard if it’s the season and cook at home as much as possible.
When you’re out of the kitchen, where do you like to dine? I don’t make it out very often. If I get a chance, I like going to Butterjoint and Noodle Head. Recently I’ve been heading around the corner to Muddy Waters.
Where do you go for a drink? If I’m staying in town, I’ll go to Take a Break or Kelly’s. If I’m in Greensburg my spot is Mr. Toads but ideally it’s my porch with some fancy whiskey.
Where do you spend your days off? I’m usually at my house working in the garden or just relaxing with my dog and two cats.
What would you do if you had a weekend off and it wasn’t a holiday? I’d probably spend it in the woods. Spend some time in rivers and streams. I really love plants and rocks, and being able to hear the wind through the trees.
What made you decide to be a chef? I grew up loving to cook. It’s just something I’ve always done. I originally set out to be an artist and started cooking since it was easy to find work. As time went on, I realized how much I enjoyed it and how I could really excel at it.
What has you most excited at work right now? I love my team both at Ace & Whitfield. We’re all really excited to be here, and we’ve grown really close. We have each others’ backs, and that’s a great feeling.