Jeffrey Gaetjen

jgaetjen_0Jeff has worked his way through the restaurant ranks in various positions throughout kitchens around the world. Jeff started his career in 1983, as a dishwasher in a steakhouse in Fairfax, Virginia. He began considering the possibility of exploring a culinary career and pursued his interest as a production cook and off-premise catering chef for Design Cuisine. Jeff then furthered his career by attending the Culinary Institute of America and graduated in 1988 with Honors and Perfect Attendance.

Upon graduation Jeff helped open a restaurant outside of Manhattan in Nyack, New York. Then worked at the acclaimed An American Place with owner Larry Forgione. Jeff’s love of rugby brought him to the Southwest of France where he played semi-professionally and worked for Andre Daquin at the renowned Hotel de France.

Returning to the states in 1991, Jeff began working with renowned Chef, Bob Kinkead. He started in the position of Garde Manger then became the Sous Chef. Jeff was instrumental in opening Kinkead’s where he became the Chef in 1995.  J.G. as he is affectionately known as, worked as the chef at Kinkead’s until the summer of 2001. Bob Kinkead and J.G. then opened Colvin Run Tavern in October of 2001. J.G then became the Corporate Chef helping opened Sibling Rivalry in Boston, 2004 with Bob and his brother David. His responsibilities then included over seeing the kitchen of Kinkead’s again in 2005. Bob Kinkead and J.G. then opened the new Ancora in January of 2013.

J.G.’s cooking philosophy has always been founded on good technique. In his pursuit of culinary excellence J.G. strives to create eye appealing, succulent dishes using quality local ingredients. He believes there are no shortcuts in cooking to produce excellent food.

Achievements include cooking at the James Beard House in the spring of 2004, making the list of “Rising Star” for Mid Atlantic Region of the same year. Official “Taste of the NFL” Chef for the Washington Redskins the last six years. Participation in numerous charity events for the Washington, D.C area over the last twenty years.

Above all, however, Jeff enjoys spending time with his girl friend Margie, and his three daughters, Emily, Anna and Abigail. His hobbies include going to Redskin games, weight training and cycling.