CAM Café, the full-service restaurant at the Cameron Art Museum, announces new Executive Chef Jeff Gray. CAM Café will reopen to the public for lunch on Tuesday, September 15 with a new menu featuring locally sourced and inspired North Carolina fare.
Chef Jeff Gray has been cooking in kitchens as varied as Italian Trattorias, fine-dining steakhouses, white-tablecloth special occasion restaurants, and innovative farm-to-table Bistros for over 15 years. After getting his start in the restaurant business stretching pizzas and making cheesesteaks as a teenager outside Philadelphia, Jeff got his first taste of upscale cooking while in college where he initially pursued his other passion: television, movies, and a career in television and film production. Even as an award-winning writer, creative director, and executive at television stations and networks like Showtime in New York and the FOX Network in Los Angeles, he never stopped learning and expressing himself with his craft in cooking. Jeff ultimately left the entertainment industry to go to culinary school and pursue his love of cooking, running restaurants and providing exceptional hospitality.
After attending Le Cordon Bleu, Jeff worked his way up at fine-dining restaurants mostly in Atlanta, honing his craft in elite restaurants like McKendrick’s Steakhouse, Cibo e beve, Ocean Prime, and at Atlanta’s casual farm-to-table original, Rosebud. Striking out on his own as a Chef, he consulted for several restaurants with cuisines as different as barbeque, ingredient-driven southern farm-to-table, and upscale reimagined tavern fare. Jeff continued in a chef consulting capacity after relocating to the beach and Wilmington in 2017 working with a wide variety of the Cape Fear’s dining destinations.