Feb 19, 2016 - Food and Drink

29 reasons that Johnson & Wales grads are ruling the Charlotte food scene

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Photo via Facebook

To start, if you didn’t know, there is a Johnson & Wales University campus right here in Charlotte. And it’s pumping out a LOT of impressive people.

I was asked to look into the JWU grad scene by my friend Jason. I’ll admit – I knew of maybe two Johnson & Wales graduates (and where they are currently) before starting my research. Finding out that many incredibly talented chefs/managers here came from a school right down the road makes me very excited. (Note: Some of these folks actually graduated from another JWU campus. Still cool.)

This list is meant to shine light on these graduates so we can go eat their food and also be thankful that they chose in stay right here in the Queen City. So thank you, all of you.

29  people, that are shaping the Charlotte culinary scene.

Samantha Ward

Pastry Chef, The Fig Tree Restaurant

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@the_crazy_baker via Instagram

Patrick Cornell

Chef, The Punch Room

punch-room-food
@thepunchroom via Instagram

Miles Dean

Sous Chef, Good Food on Montford

good-food-falaffel-and-hummus
@goodfoodclt via Instagram

Drew Dodd 

Executive Chef, Stagioni: Four Seasons of Food

stagioni-homemade-pasta
@stagioniclt via Instagram

Thomas Marlow

Executive Chef, Mimosa Grill

mimosa-grill-truffle-fries
@thedailydish via Instagram

Robert Reinken

Chef de Cuisine, Evoke

evoke-carne-cruda
@evokechefrob via Instagram

Mike Long

Sous Chef, Bonterra

bonterra-fois-gras
@mikelong87 via Instagram

Chris Bateman

Executive Chef, Aria Tuscan Grill

Aria
Photo via Facebook

Matt Wenrich

Chef, Heist Brewery

heist-lobster-mac-and-cheese
@heistbrewery via Instagram

Jamie Barnes

Owner and Chef, What the Fries Food Truck 

what-the-fries
@jbarnes757 via Instagram

Clark Barlowe and his team at Heirloom

Clark Barlowe, Owner and Chef
Myles, Junior Sous Chef
Zack, Excecutive Sous Chef
Ann Marie, Pastry Chef
Sarah Turner Wells, Restaurant Manager

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@clarkbarlowe via Instagram
hierloom-faux-gras
@hierloomrestnc via Instagram

Nicolas Daniels

Chef and Owner, Loft & Cellar (coming soon)

Nicolas Daniels-burger
@danielsnicolas via Instagram

Kevin Chan

Chef and Co-owner, New Wrap Order

new-wrap-order
@newwraporder via Instagram

Matthew Williams

Owner and Chef, Rico’s Acai

rico-acai-bowl
@ricosacai via Instagram

Mike Watson

Executive Chef, Libations Kitchen & Bar

Libations burger
Photo via Facebook

Kris Reid

Director of Operations, modPALEO

kris-reid-modpaleo
@modpaleo via Instagram

Joseph Valdez

Sous Chef, Fern, Flavors from the Garden

fern-veggies
@joseph.valdez.792 via Instagram

Benjamin Frye

Co-owner and Operator, Your Mom’s Donuts

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@yourmoms_donuts via Instagram

Ethan Moyer

Chef de Cuisine, Block & Grinder (Lake Norman location coming soon)

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@chefethanmoyer via Instagram

Adam Duke

Co-owner, Dukes Bread (Adam’s wife, Ellen Duke, is currently an instructor at JWU.)

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@dukesbread via Instagram

Jonathan Fortes

Owner and Chef, The Flipside Café (in Fort Mill, SC) and The Flipside Restaurant (in Rock Hill, SC)

flipside crabcake blt
@eatdrinkclt via Instagram

Vanessa Smith

Chef, Harvest Moon Grille (in Lincolnton, NC)

heart-pop-tarts
@lifeundeveloped via Instagram

Geoffrey F. Bragg

Chef, Community Culinary School of Charlotte (CCSC)

salmon-hash
@gbragg1972 via Instagram

Craig Linthicum

Sous Chef, Nourish Charlotte

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@nourishcharlotte via Instagram

Tara Diamante and Brenton Ebersold

Chefs and Owners, Bleu Barn Bistro Food Truck (They met at JWU and are engaged!), Brenton is also the head chef of the City Club of Rock Hill.

bleu-barn-bistro-bbq
@bleubarnbistro via Instagram

Richard Diezi

Sous Chef, Basil Thai

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@o2bkg via Instagram

Joy P. Turner

Management Intern, Chillfire Bar & Grill in Denver, NC (She graduates at the end of this month!)

Chillfire
Photo via Facebook

Cover photo via the Johnson and Wales Facebook page

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