Chefs of Chef Works: July 2016 Chef C.J. Reycraft, Jr.


Question 1: Where did you get your start?

“I started working in restaurants in high school and continued doing so through college. After realizing my true calling was cooking, I quit college and enrolled in culinary school.”


Question 2: What is your favorite dish?

“A perfectly cooked chicken breast!

Crispy skin, juicy meat, and the right amount of seasoning. A chicken dish is the litmus test of a great restaurant.”


Question 3: What was your favorite dish as a child?

“Breakfast. Still love it to this day. Eggs, bacon, sausage, french toast, pancakes,

I love it all!”


Question 4: Who inspired you to be a chef?

“My friends in college that I was cooking for every weekend. They all pushed me to go after my passion.”


Question 5: What would you be doing if you weren’t a chef?

“I would definitely be a rock star and it could still happen.”


Question 6: What advice can you give an aspiring chef?

“I hope you don’t like free time. No such thing as a work/life balance in the restaurant business.

Keep your head down and cook!”


Question 7: Is there anything you would have done differently in your career?

“Everything I have done has brought me to where I am today. I wouldn’t change a thing!”


Connect with Chef C.J. Reycraft, Jr.:


Twitter: @Chef_CJR


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