Meet Our New Chef, Javier Cruz
It is with great pleasure that we announce our new chef at Standing Stone Brewing, Chef Javier Cruz. Congratulations, Javier!
We are beyond excited to have Chef Javier as our new kitchen leader. He is conscious to healthy, sustainable living and shares the values consistent with our ethos – cuisine being fresh, locally sourced, innovative, seasonal and celebratory. Although he is new to his current position, he has been working at Standing Stone for the past 8 years, and we can’t wait for many more.
Chef Javier started his restaurant career in 1998, working through the service ranks to become the dining room manager of Il Giardino. During that time he developed a real appreciation for the customer experience as it related to food service. His admiration of the skill and creativity of the kitchen staff there led him to enroll in Le Cordon Bleu at the Medford Culinary Institute, from which he graduated in 2007.
Shortly after, two regulars at Il Giardino, (and coincidentally owners of Standing Stone Brewing) Abe Oberlin and Nancy Branghurst, encouraged Javier to come work in the Standing Stone kitchen.
From 2008 to 2015, while working as Sous Chef with Chef Eric Bell, Javier also continued his restaurant immersion in the Standing Stone as Dining Room Manager. Javier has always appreciated that Standing Stone has provided opportunities for daily learning and growth, both in the kitchen, and especially the experiences outside the restaurant on our One Mile Farm. There he has worked with our farm manager Michael Smelser, as well as cultivated relationships with local farmers and ranchers, and attended conferences to further his knowledge of local and sustainable food producers. Javier has continually nurtured his passions and skills with food and kitchen management, aligned with a great belief and respect for sustainable, organic, and local products. Chef Javier enjoys crafting specials with the bounty our One Mile Farm provides, as well as opportunities to his express creativity with daily menu items, while exploring seasonable local ingredients.
Please come in and treat yourself to some of his amazing creations.