Reader: Talk about title inflation -- now every pizza joint has an exec chef?

Jonah Munson at the Walnut Room.
Jonah Munson at the Walnut Room.
Lori Midson

Jonah Munson, the exec chef of the two locations of the Walnut Room, has a lot on his plate. Including dealing with naysayers who wonder why a pizza place -- even a pizza place with two addresses -- has an exec chef in the first place. See also: - Justin Munson, exec chef on the Walnut Room, on yard sales and mixers - Justin Munson: "You're no better than your staff." - In the kitchen with Jonah Munson: peach pie

Says Denver Dave:

This really has nothing to do with Jonah. I'm sure he's a nice guy and has some industry chops. My issue is when did every cook get promoted to Executive Chef? I blame Westword (in part) for the lack of distinction between an Executive Chef, a Chef, a Sous Chef, etc. etc. on down the line. After reading so many of these Westword articles proclaiming that the cook in question is an Executive Chef, I wonder if anyone knows the definition anymore. Just because you are the "senior" (or in some cases, the only cook) in a restaurant does not automatically make you the Exec. Talk about title inflation -- jeez. Now every pizza joint has an Exec: NOT.

What defines an exec chef for you?

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3131 Walnut St.
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