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Meet Jason Peterson of Switch Restaurant and Wine Bar

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jason Peterson.

His culinary story started years ago on the East Coast. Picture this. A young boy helping out in the kitchen with his mom, licking the frosting off egg beaters and learning the tricks of the trade; summers spent shucking corn and snapping green beans, listening to his grandmother tell stories of her life. From the beginning, he knew that food and family, eating and sharing stories, are inextricably linked. Taking an honest approach to crafting good food—skills honed over the decades at restaurants from coast to coast—is important to Chef Jason. He believes that homegrown cooking tells a tale, and that food should be approachable, delicious, and served with the gracious hospitality you’d find when dining at a friend’s house.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Being a Chef isn’t just a job. It’s not just what you do, it becomes what you are. Over the years I have sacrificed my life to this-losing precious time with family and friends, working on weekends and holidays, late nights. Letting my physical and mental health fall by the wayside in pursuit of this innate and compulsive need to create for others. It has been a long, lonely, hard-fought road, but a lifestyle choice I don’t ever regret.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I am the Chef/Owner of Switch Restaurant and Wine Bar. I create memories and make people happy with my food. Known for our Skillet Mac n cheese, Cast Iron Littleneck Clams, White Chocolate Blueberry Bread Pudding, Happy Hour, and are extremely popular SAT and SUN brunches. Switch is a long time neighborhood restaurant with a large following. What makes me proud is to be able to continue to support the community that has always supported us. Midtown Phoenix is an important location that is undervalued. We are working to change that and bring more traffic to the Midtown area and businesses.

What sets us apart is our company culture and the family environment we create. Everyone I hire is someone that I would want in my own home. Some of the things I am proud to offer my team are health and dental insurance, 401k plans, check advance loans, monthly bonus incentives, 50% off food, free turkeys at Thanksgiving, gifts for all employees and their children during Christmas, and much more. My philosophy: If you take care of your team, they will take care of you and every person that walks into your restaurant. A culture of respect, compassion, and opportunity for growth will retain excellent employees.

What were you like growing up?
Grew up in Fredericksburg, Virginia in the 70’s. Loved sports and played football (I was always twice the size of kids my age). I enjoyed helping mom in the kitchen because I got first dibs on licking the spoon and first choice of turkey leg at Thanksgiving. I have fond memories of chasing lightning bugs in the yard and being able to roam the neighborhood with my friends.

As I grew up I was into punk rock, then the Grateful Dead. I actually followed them for about 8 years. Went to U of Mary Washington and then spent my young adult years working at big seafood restaurants all along the beaches of the east coast. I was and still am a free spirit, hard worker, and giving person.

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