As most of you may have heard, we are currently in the process of opening a new Juniper Grill in Cranberry Township, PA. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to expand Juniper Grill and introduce our wood fire grill to the residents north of Pittsburgh!
At Juniper Grill, we take a lot of pride in what we create in our kitchens. It takes a special chef with a strong passion for food to fit into our team of culinary experts. After months of searching for the right chef, we are proud to finally announce the newest member to our Culinary Team!
Here are a few fun facts about our newest team member, Chef Darek Fiut!
What is your culinary background?
Born in Poland, my passion for cooking started very early. When my family came to the states, my passion only grew more as I began my culinary education.
I first started my culinary education at Horry-Georgetown College in Conway, SC. There I received my Culinary Arts Technology Degree. As my passion for the restaurant industry grew, I then earned a degree at Johnson & Wales University in Food Service Management. Upon graduation, I specialized in Southern Cooking at a few private country clubs in South Carolina. From there I have had the pleasure of working for myself, as well as other international restaurant groups. My biggest accomplishment was opening my own restaurant with my family, The International Kitchen, which focused on my Polish background. I have followed Juniper Grill for the past year and was thrilled to learn of the newest opportunity in cranberry! My wife and I just recently moved to the cranberry area and are so excited to become more involved in the community.
What is your favorite vegetable to cook?
You can never go wrong with simply grilled asparagus. It just so simple to cook and pairs well with almost anything! More importantly, asparagus is a great low-calorie source of folate and potassium. The stalks of asparagus are also very high in antioxidants.
What is your all time favorite thing to cook?
Without a doubt, pork is my absolute favorite thing to cook! In Poland, pork was always the standard meat to use. I learned so many techniques with cooking pork in my early years. It is just really easy to work with and has a great texture and taste.
What is your favorite region of food to prepare?
I really enjoy the simplicity of California cuisine. I really enjoy using fresh and simple ingredients to balance out the flavor profile of the entrée. I like the Juniper Grill blends a lot of the California cooking styles with a southern twist!
In the next few weeks, we will share more with you about our new additions to the Juniper Grill team! Next on the list, General Manger, Larry Lang!