executive chef jabari wadlington
Originally from Los Angeles, California, Executive Chef Jabari Wadlington left is career in pursing an aeronautical engineering degree from Tuskegee University to being lured into the culinary world. He had always had a passion for the industry and for food which was recognized at an early age. Jabari went on to study the culinary arts at Johnson
and Wales – Charlotte, North Carolina, where he learned to develop his own unique style and flair. He continued with his career at Virginia restaurants and hotels such as, Goodstone Inn Luxury bed and breakfast, The Wine Kitchen, and Travinia Italian Kitchen. Then going on to opening restaurants as the founding Executive Chef in Charlottesville
at Shadwells, Restorations, Farmbell kitchen as well as opening a restaurant in Raleigh, NC The OAKZ.
Over the years, Jabari worked under influential leaders like Chef Tom Wolfe in New Orleans, LA; One of Virginia’s own Top award winning chef Tarver King who came from the Fat Duck in England and The inn at little Washington, VA who helped shape his style and depth of knowledge from gastronomy to farm to table. Then judging and winning
numerous cooking competitions along the East Coast as well as appearing on food networks show guy’s grocery games twice and winning his first time.
Jabari’s culinary philosophy and passion reflects the growing trend towards a healthier and down-to-earth lifestyle. His flavors are southern Carribean with asian techniques and flavors. Working with fresh simple ingredients and supporting local farmers and vendors is the essence of his cuisine. Chef Wadlington has always wanted to let the food express itself and let the ingredients shine through traditional and trendy techniques. Where he will push that skill further at Mount Ida Reserve and taproom.
“Let the Food dance on your Palate!”