AJ Johnson

AJ Johnson

Awful Arthur's Oyster Bar

AJ Johnson has been with Awful Arthur’s Oyster Bar since the spring of 1992 and was promoted to head chef/kitchen manager in 2011. A self-taught chef, AJ is passionate about his job and takes pride in serving the restaurant’s most popular menu items consistently…

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Cory Bryant

Cory Bryant

Aqua Restaurant

Executive Chef, Cory Bryant Cory is an OBX native that has been part of the AQUA team since the doors opened in 2008. He has a passion for food, beer, and wine which has helped him develop into a progressive young chef. His love…

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Evan Hayes

Evan Hayes

Blue Water Grill & Raw Bar

Evan Hayes is the head chef at Blue Water Grill & Raw Bar and an "alum" to Blue Moon Beach Grill, sister restaurant in Nags Head.  Evan has over 14 years of experience cooking at fine dining establishments on the Outer Banks and began…

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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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Kathryn Weih

Kathryn Weih

Chef, Captain George's Seafood 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/Owner, 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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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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