Kevin Sbraga, the season seven winner of Top Chef, is the chef at Sbraga and Fat Ham in Philadelphia and the new Sbraga & Company in Jacksonville, Florida.
I’ve always been drawn to the South. The food, culture and people are all intriguing to me. I spent time in Miami for my culinary education, cooked in kitchens in Naples and Atlanta and actually have some family in Jacksonville (or Jax, as locals call it). Opening Sbraga & Company has given me and my team the opportunity to cook in the South and experiment with local ingredients, enhanced by weather with sun shining nine months out of year. When the opportunity to open in Jacksonville came up, it just made sense to become a part of the developing culinary scene down there. The chefs in the community welcomed me with open arms, and I knew it was a place I wanted to be.
Best Barbecue: Jerome Brown BBQ
This barbecue spot is drive-up only, no eating in. We happened to strike up a conversation with our Uber driver and since she clearly knew what she was talking about it when it came to the Jacksonville barbecue scene, she ended up taking some members of my team and myself there. You drive up to one window, order, drive around the building, and pick up at another window. We stocked up on ribs and wings. The BBQ is really, really good, thanks to a great smoke on the meat and a mustard-based sauce. The mustard flavors originally come from South Carolina, which made its way to Jacksonville quite some time ago. Barbecue is a big thing down in Jacksonville, and this is one of the best. 1551 Edgewood Ave W