We sat down with the Chef behind the gorgeous dishes at Chops Boca to talk about how his first night on the job, what he loves most about being a chef, and his biggest accomplishment yet.
How long have you been the Executive Chef of Chops Boca?
It’ll be 2 years in July.
What do you remember about your first night there?
I remember Pano introducing me as the new chef. I’m lucky that the staff embraced me as I embraced them. I had a speech that probably came out completely different than what I had envisioned, but I do remember telling everybody that it was time to get to work, which is exactly what we’ve been doing ever since!
What’s your favorite Chops Boca memory?
That’s hard to say! We have a lot of fun here and we’ve had so many great memories that seem to just keep coming.
What’s the best thing about your job?
Every part of it. The fact that I get to wake up everyday and do what I love more than anything as a career is indescribable. I have the opportunity to make other people’s lives better w/ my passion for cooking. Words can’t describe.
What’s your proudest accomplishment at Chops Boca?
I think when you stop and take too much time to recognize accomplishments it puts an emphasis on a stopping point. Yes; we have accomplished a lot and I’m very proud of the work we have done, but I feel like Buckhead Life and Chops Lobster Bar is just getting started. Through our hard work and attention to detail, sky’s the limit.
Any notable celebrity sightings?
It’s a tie between Adam Sandler and Anthony Rizzo.