To celebrate 25 episodes of Menu Stories, we are releasing a special two-part series featuring sister restaurants 1300 on Fillmore and Black Bark BBQ. Episode 24 features chef Jake Whitlock of 1300 on Fillmore. Be sure to listen to episode 25 next.
1300 on Fillmore arrived to the Fillmore District in 2007, when executive chef/owner David Lawrence and his wife and business partner, Monetta White, decided to build on their fine dining background and open their first restaurant. The upscale take on authentic southern and soul food style cuisine is evidence of Lawrence's training — he was born and raised in England and trained under the classic European style of cooking. Still, critics and neighborhood regulars flock to 1300 on Fillmore for the famed shrimp and grits and chicken dishes.
Chef Jake Whitlock joined the 1300 on Fillmore family last year, as Lawrence was beginning to prep for his new venture with White: Black Bark BBQ. Whitlock, a young chef with an already-rich background of cooking skills (he trained under chef Tim Archuleta of ICHI Sushi), quickly earned Lawrence's trust and has already introduced items to the menu, like his pan-seared salmon and sous vide egg. Whitlock takes special care to preserve the classics on the menu and honor the historic neighborhood he now serves.