Sam McGann

Sam McGann

Executive Chef/Co-Owner, The Blue Point

Sam is a graduate of Norfolk Academy and Lynchburg College. After college, cooking at The Trellis, under Marcel Desaulniers, gave him the motivation to pursue a career in the field. He went on to graduate from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI with…

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Ray Fiorello

Ray Fiorello

Executive Chef, Rooster's Southern Kitchen

Ray Fiorello’s culinary career began over twenty years ago after he attended the New York Institute of Culinary Education in 1995. He has since managed kitchens in a variety of establishments, from New York City to Central New Jersey and now the Outer Banks of North…

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Kathryn Weih

Kathryn Weih

Executive Chef, Sugar Creek Restaurant

Kathryn’s love for food and cooking first began in her Fisher Price kitchen as a child and continued as she grew. In 2001, her dream of becoming a chef became a reality when she graduated from the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY.…

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Alfredo Landazuri

Alfredo Landazuri

General Manager / Chef, Striper’s Bar & Grille

Alfredo Landazuri was born in Lima-Peru, and graduated from Cenfotur Institute. He relocated to the Outer Banks in 2001 starting his culinary career at Lone Cedar Café – Nags Head NC. After extensive training, Alfredo became part of the original Striper’s Bar and Grille…

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Wes Stepp

Wes Stepp

Executive Chef/Owner, Red Sky Cafe

At an early age, Wes Stepp, fell in love with the art of cooking. He credits his passion to growing up in his mother’s kitchen and being involved in the daily preparation of family meals. Chef Wes strongly believes in using the freshest, local…

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Lee Miller

Lee Miller

Executive Chef at Pamlico Jack’s Restaurant

A lifelong Outer Banker and graduate of Manteo High School on Roanoke Island, Lee is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, and served as a culinary apprentice instructor at the Trellis Restaurant in Williamsburg, VA. As an experienced…

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Donny King

Donny King

Owner, Ocean Blvd Bistro & Martini Bar

Donny King has been cooking in the Hampton Roads area since 1989. A Summer job quickly turned into a full year round occupation. His culinary career got its first jump start when he became Sous Chef of Five-01 City Grill upon its opening in…

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Phongkrit “Pok” Choeichom

Phongkrit “Pok” Choeichom

Executive Chef, Pok's Art Asia Fusion

Formerly the Executive Chef at the Outer Banks Brewing Station, Chef “Pok”, as he’s known to everyone on the beach, has been an icon in the OBX restaurant scene since coming to the beach as a child from Bangkok, Thailand to work in his…

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Mark Ballog

Mark Ballog

Owner, Lucky 12 Tavern

Mark Ballog began working in Outer Banks Restaurants as a college student in 1991. Upon Graduation from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, he chose to move to the beach permanently and call the Outer Banks Home. He spent many years working at the Red Drum…

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Susannah Sakal

Susannah Sakal

Co-owner, Front Porch Cafe

Susannah’s passion runs deep for uniquely prepared foods with high quality ingredients. Together with her design talent the Front Porch Café is a captivating, fun environment quite unlike most “coffee shops” around the country. The Front Porch Café was first opened in 1999 at…

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Dawn Williams

Dawn Williams

Chef/Owner, Dawn's Kitchen

Dawn Williams was raised in Wilmington, NC, where her family’s businesses were restaurants and charter fishing boats. By working in her family restaurants, she learned the restaurant business from the ground up and is completely self-taught. With a passion for cooking, Dawn and her…

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Tom Vick

Tom Vick

Baker, Bonnie's Bagels Cafe

Tom’s love for bread originated from his grandmother. The family meal just wasn’t complete without grandma’s homemade bread served at the table. Eventually, that love of home-cooked bread became a second occupation for Tom. With a BS degree from Longwood College, Tom started his…

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Rob Robinson

Rob Robinson

Executive Chef/Owner, Bad Bean Baja Grill

After graduating with honors from Johnson & Wales, Rob came to the Outer Banks and did a year cooking at Ocean Boulevard. In search of broader experiences, Rob headed west to San Francisco and began at Michael Minas Aqua in downtown San Francisco, known…

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Kenny McLean

Kenny McLean

Head Chef, Awful Arthur’s Oyster Bar

Born in Scotland, and trained as an Electronic Engineer at Glasgow University, this chef’s career path changed in 1988 while traveling in the USA. Washing dishes to make ends meet, he gravitated to the stove and cooked at various local restaurants until deciding to…

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