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Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen Welcomes A.J. Capella as Executive Chef

Posted on September 04, 2019

 Morristown, N.J.—Chris Cannon, owner of Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen, welcomes A.J. Capella as Executive Chef, replacing Craig Polignano.

Stay tuned for new menus and big announcements coming soon.

About A. J. Capella
By mining New Jersey’s farms and waterways, artisan food products and homegrown beverages for the best, and only the best, A.J. Capella has become the leading under-30 voice working today in a Garden State restaurant kitchen. The winner of the Garden State Culinary Arts Foundation 2017 Rising Star Chef Award, Capella has been working in restaurants and cooking for half his life. After graduating from CIA, he spent much of his career as Chef de Cuisine at the Ryland Inn under Executive Chef Craig Polignano. At Jockey Hollow, the mentee replaces the mentor.

Capella has also worked with Anthony Bucco at Uproot, as well as in Grant Achatz’s restaurant, the Aviary (NYC) . Most recently, he was Head Chef at A Toute Heure in Cranford, and received a glowing 3-star review from NJ Monthly.

Capella's cooking style is “modern American” because his influences come from all over the world, but utilizing what’s in season and what’s local will always be his guide. Ultimately, his mindset is simple – making the best food possible at all times.

About Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen
Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen is the creation of visionary restaurateur and James Beard Award winner Chris Cannon (pictured), along with a team of more than 100 dedicated hospitality professionals. Located in Morristown's landmark Vail Mansion, the 15,000 square foot space offers four distinct dining experiences on three levels for guests to explore: elevated contemporary dining in seafood-centric daPesca, convivial brasserie fare in The Oyster Bar and The Vail Bar, and beer hall vibe in The Rathskeller (a/k/a The Rat).

Menus feature locally sourced ingredients from Cannon's partnership with Mantoloking's Forty North Oyster Farms and other purveyors such as Chester's Flocktown Farm and Let it Grow Farm in Pittstown. JHBK houses an impressive contemporary art collection commissioned specifically for the space from acclaimed international artists including Emil Alzamora, Ilan Averbuch, Terry Haggerty and Michael Zelehoski. Since its opening in 2014, JHBK has itself raised more than $300,000 to an array of local nonprofits serving families, children, health, arts and education.

Region: New Jersey
Job Function: Executive Chef

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