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Jason Tillman

Jason Tillman, executive chef of the Strand Bistro, has had experience as rich and varied as his culinary taste. Jason perfected his craft by learning from restaurant greats like Hidemase Yamamoto, David Burke and Alex Lee. His intense passion led him to numerous executive chef positions in top New York City restaurants – Farmhouse, Fishtail, and Fromagerie, just to name a few. Inspired by Japanese, French and classic American cuisine, his unique style has garnered interest with those beyond the restaurant world. He has been showcased on CBS as well as on major television shows like “Iron Chef”, “Chopped” and “Restaurant 101”. At the Strand, you can experience Jason's incredible talents for yourself. And if his food doesn't speak for itself, we have Jason Tillman On the CouCh!

What do you consider to be your best asset?

My passion.

What was your proudest moment?

The James Beard Dinner.

What is your favorite drink?

Vodka Diet Coke.

What is your favorite food?

Toro Tuna.

What is your favorite condiment?


What is your current obsession?

My 7 month old first son JR.

If you could give up one of your vices, what would it be?

Critiquing everything I eat.

What is the one professional accomplishment you long for most?

Owning my own restaurant.

What is the one thing you waste too much money on?

Seamless web.

What is the one activity you waste too much time doing?

RC Planes.

What do you consider to be the single greatest threat to your health?

Another 9/11.

What is the single best trait you inherited or learned from your parents?

Italian MOM (passion & desire) German DAD (work ethic & determination).

What is the single worst trait you inherited or learned from your parents?

OCD about everything I do.

What in the world most thrills you?

The diversity in food cultures.

What current trend in popular culture most irritates you?

Social media (everyone is a food critic).

What was the single most embarrassing moment you've ever experienced on the job?

I thought I made a big mistake when filming “Iron Chef America.”

What is your favorite place in the world?

Tisjiki Fish Market in Japan.

What is the most important trait you seek in a romantic partner?

My wife's understanding and honestly.

Do you prefer the company of dogs or cats?

My dog Spidey.

What would have to happen to make today the best day of your life?

Have my MOM back with me (I miss you and love you Ma!!).

What is your personal motto?

To be good is not enough when you dream of being great!!!