Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Sophia's Restaurant Announces New Executive Chef

SOPHIA’S RESTAURANT INTRODUCES JASON JONES AS EXECUTIVE CHEF
Jackson, MS-June 4, 2010 - Sophia’s Restaurant at the AAA Four-Diamond, Fairview Inn announced today the appointment of their new Executive Chef, Jason Jones. “We are excited about Jason’s enthusiasm and breadths of culinary experience,” said Peter Sharp, Proprietor of the Fairview Inn. “We anticipate Jason’s knowledge and approach to cooking will further enhance Sophia’s favorable reputation in the community.”
Originally from Charlottesville, Virginia, Jones brings to Sophia’s a creative philosophy towards cooking. This philosophy comes from cooking with his grandmother, who would prepare delicious meals fresh from the farm. From this he learned to cook what was in season and what was grown locally. Jason spends time researching the foods native to the region and then perfects recipes reflecting these ingredients.
After having attended the New England Culinary Institute, Jason spent several years working in Northern California. He recounts the experience there and learned that until you have been exposed to new ingredients, you don’t know to seek them out. He makes it a top priority to find what is raised and grown in the region. Before joining Sophia’s team as Executive Chef, Jones gained insight into the foods of Mississippi by working as Executive Chef at Morgan Freeman’s, Madidi Restaurant in the Mississippi Delta. Jason plans to partner with local farmers to maximize the farm to table concept as much as possible.
When asked how Jason described his style of cooking, Jason said “I guess you would describe it as American Regional Cuisine – taking the best the local region has to offer and using cooking techniques and influences from around the world.” He is not only committed to seeing the business he is working for succeed, but seeing his kitchen team excel also. When asked about his influences on others Jones says, “Being a chef in my world is about creating a team in the kitchen and teaching them dishes that they can not only learn to execute, but can take ownership of.” When asked about his goal as a chef, Jones says it’s simple, “To make well-prepared, straight forward and honest dishes.”
Sophia’s Restaurant is a 66-seat fine dining restaurant in the Fairview Inn which offers lunch, dinner and Sunday Brunch. In addition to their regular menu, a nightly prix fixe three and four course special menu, Sophia’s offers a monthly Culinary Tour of different countries around the world. The Fairview Inn offers eighteen luxurious guest rooms and suites, Sophia’s Restaurant, nomiSpa Day Spa and event facilities for weddings, corporate meetings and social gatherings.