Charles Alexander Scott Willis, Solvang Brewing Company
Hometown: Santa Barbara

What made you realize you wanted to work in the food industry?

When I found out I was good at it, I stayed with it.

Who is the person you most admire in the food industry?
 I would have to say our owner, Steve Renfrow,  Everything that he said he was going to do he has done, and I admire him for that.

What is your favorite part about being a chef?

Having the freedom to create specials that customers request.

How do you unwind after service?
 I first start with a nice pint of Valhalla after my shift.  Then I finish with a nice painting in the evening.

What cookbook should every home have?

Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat by Chrissy Teigen.

What is the one recipe/ingredient you struggled to master and how did you overcome it?

Garlic … I cooked it with everything. LOL.

What’s your favorite kitchen scar?

My arms take the most abuse, but none are my favorite.

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