Chefs

DECONSTRUCTED

Featuring Southeastern Virginia's 

Premier Culinary Professionals


Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Hampton, Newport News, Eastern Shore, Suffolk, Williamsburg



Dedicated to building a network of culinary entrepreneurs in Southeastern Virginia, Chefs Deconstructed recognizes culinary professionals in our area that are focused on exceptional food and elevating our culinary community.

Jan2021

Chef Andrew Knezovich

Owner of My Commissary Kitchen

January Feature

Chef Andrew Knezovich

Chef Andrew is a Korean born, American adopted chef that was raised in Syracuse, New York. He began his cooking career in 2004 in the Thousand Islands, New York, and developed his culinary skills in Hyde Park, New York where he attended the Culinary Institue of America in 2010. Since then he has established menus for mulitple restaurants in Syracuse, New York to Virginia Beach, Virginia.  Chef Andrew has played an integral part in elevating menu's from Virginia, as his skills were utilized as a James Beard Participant with Zoe's Steakhouse in New York City, New York in 2015.


In 2020 at the start of the pandemic he saw a need for commissary kitchens in Southeastern Virginia, and in April of 2020 he opened My Commissary Kitchen in Norfolk, Virginia. 


Chef Andrew's business was featured on Coming Together Virginia, Episode 11, and highlighted the struggles of businesses during the pandemic and experienced by the food industry. Since it's opening, his model of certified kitchen services and consultation has been able to support the success of more than 20 culinary businesses within southeastern Virginia.


Chef Andrew's focus for 2021 is "to keep supporting culinary businesses, by helping them navigate the challenges of being open, their success provides opportunites to elevate the food in our area."


Chef Andrew is currently working on multiple projects to support local food trucks, caterers, and small food businesses within Southeastern Virginia. We are excited to see what he does next.


Written by and for Local Culinary Business Entrepreneurs

You can reach out to Chef Andrew Knezovich through his website mycommissarykitchen.com

Feb2021

Chef Ryan Tyler Payne

Owner of Market Soul

February Feature

Chef Ryan Tyler Payne

Chef Ryan grew up in the culinary melting pot of Washington, DC, and experienced the medley of amazing food across the pond through early internships. He began his cooking career in New York City after he graduated from the Institute of Culinary Education in 2014. Since then he has gone to work for Alex Guarnascheli, Jonathan Waxman, Gabrielle Hamilton and Ludo Lefebvre. His culinary talent has been utilized coast to coast, from New York City, New York to Los Angeles, California.  


His extensive food exposure is influential and is reflected in his cooking through a multiplicity of flavors and integration of cooking styles. In 2020 he decided to open up a Food Truck in Virginia Beach, where he spent many summers fishing, crabbing and embracing local culture. 


Chef Ryan opened in July of 2020, Market Soul Roll as "a dedication to everything Virginia Beach: creative, energizing, and best of all soulful." He has been a featured food truck throughout the local breweries in Hampton Roads and developed a strong following in 2020 despite the challenges set forth by the pandemic and experienced by the food industry.


This February 2021, Chef Ryan is a featured chef at Gershwin's in Norfolk, Virginia. To honor Black History Month he is presenting a tasting menu that focuses on foods within the African diaspora and touches on styles of cooking that were brought over through the transatlantic slave trade.


Chef Ryan's focus for 2021 is "to expand the culinary spectrum in Hampton Roads." His extensive experience is being noticed, and he is currently mentoring and consulting up-and-coming food businesses in the area. "By lending my experience to new businesses, and helping them get through the growing pains, their success diverifies the food in our area."


Chef Ryan is currently working on multiple projects to support local chefs and diversify food within Southeastern Virginia. We are excited to see what he creates next.


Written by and for Local Culinary Business Entrepreneurs

You can reach out to Chef Ryan Tyler Payne through his website marketsoulvb.com

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