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Executive chef at Nightwood Restaurant

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Jason Vincent Biography

Jason Vincent's path to cooking was an unlikely one. Growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, he got a job as a dishwasher at a local Italian restaurant. Though it wasn't a glamorous position, Vincent was drawn to the familiar regimen of the industry. On Monday nights, the chefs would shop for the staff meal; it was over these family-style dinners that Vincent glimpsed the behind-the-scenes processes that make a restaurant hum.

When cooking began to define his college years, Vincent decided to leave academia to pursue his passion at the Culinary Institute of America. After graduating he worked for a stint at the renowned Restaurant Arzak in San Sebastin, Spain. It was here that Vincent learned how simple food could be expertly executed, and how intricate details could make or break a dish. A chance encounter with a famous chef made him realize he still had a lot to learn. "The chef told me, 'After working here, you could rule the world.' And I realized, I didn't want to rule the world. I first had to learn every single thing I could about cooking."

After Spain, Vincent returned to the United States, zigzagging across the country, eventually moving to Portland, Maine, to work as a line cook at the lauded Fore Street restaurant. Through his travels, Vincent met chefs he respected and connected with, and the emotional component of cooking became clearer. Eventually, Vincent settled in Chicago, where he was introduced to Jason Hammel, chef-owner of Lula Caf, Nightwood's sibling restaurant. After working together for four years, Hammel broached the subject of a second restaurant. Located in Chicago's near-South Side Pilsen neighborhood, Nightwood advances Lula Cafs farm-to-table philosophy to the next degree. The menu changes daily, and is handwritten to reflect the ingredients that are available each day; the ever-evolving menu keeps Vincent on his toes.

Under Vincent's leadership, Nightwood has earned the Michelin Guides Bib Gourmand Award, was recognized on Bon Apptit magazine's 10 Best Dishes of 2010 list and was named Best Neighborhood Restaurant by the Chicago Tribune in 2011. When Vincent isn't working, he can be found at his home in Logan Square with his wife and newborn daughter.

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    Jason Vincent is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Celebrity Chefs, Food, Lifestyle.
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    Jason Vincent generally travels from Chicago, IL, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
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    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Jason Vincent for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Jason Vincent for your next private or corporate function.
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Jason Vincent Biography

Jason Vincent's path to cooking was an unlikely one. Growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, he got a job as a dishwasher at a local Italian restaurant. Though it wasn't a glamorous position, Vincent was drawn to the familiar regimen of the industry. On Monday nights, the chefs would shop for the staff meal; it was over these family-style dinners that Vincent glimpsed the behind-the-scenes processes that make a restaurant hum.

When cooking began to define his college years, Vincent decided to leave academia to pursue his passion at the Culinary Institute of America. After graduating he worked for a stint at the renowned Restaurant Arzak in San Sebastin, Spain. It was here that Vincent learned how simple food could be expertly executed, and how intricate details could make or break a dish. A chance encounter with a famous chef made him realize he still had a lot to learn. "The chef told me, 'After working here, you could rule the world.' And I realized, I didn't want to rule the world. I first had to learn every single thing I could about cooking."

After Spain, Vincent returned to the United States, zigzagging across the country, eventually moving to Portland, Maine, to work as a line cook at the lauded Fore Street restaurant. Through his travels, Vincent met chefs he respected and connected with, and the emotional component of cooking became clearer. Eventually, Vincent settled in Chicago, where he was introduced to Jason Hammel, chef-owner of Lula Caf, Nightwood's sibling restaurant. After working together for four years, Hammel broached the subject of a second restaurant. Located in Chicago's near-South Side Pilsen neighborhood, Nightwood advances Lula Cafs farm-to-table philosophy to the next degree. The menu changes daily, and is handwritten to reflect the ingredients that are available each day; the ever-evolving menu keeps Vincent on his toes.

Under Vincent's leadership, Nightwood has earned the Michelin Guides Bib Gourmand Award, was recognized on Bon Apptit magazine's 10 Best Dishes of 2010 list and was named Best Neighborhood Restaurant by the Chicago Tribune in 2011. When Vincent isn't working, he can be found at his home in Logan Square with his wife and newborn daughter.

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  • How do I book Jason Vincent to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Jason Vincent for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Jason Vincent, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Jason Vincent or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Jason Vincent

    Speaking fees for Jason Vincent, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Jason Vincent are available upon request for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Jason Vincent, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Jason Vincent speak about?

    Jason Vincent is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Celebrity Chefs, Food, Lifestyle.
  • Where does Jason Vincent travel from?

    Jason Vincent generally travels from Chicago, IL, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Jason Vincent’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Jason Vincent for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Jason Vincent for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Jason Vincent or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Jason Vincent is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Jason Vincent for your event is available upon request. Jason Vincent generally travels from Chicago, IL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Marc Murphy, Matthew Gaudet, Jose Enrique, Justin Cogley and CJ Jacobson. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Jason Vincent for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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