Meet the Chef: James Hale of Acadia Restaurant (Soirée Special Promotion)

Joe Hale, Acadia Restaurant
3000 Kavanaugh Boulevard, Suite 202
Little Rock, Ark.
(501) 603-9630
www.AcadiaHillcrest.com

LUNCH: Mon-Fri  11 am to 2 pm
DINNER: Mon-Sat  5:30 pm to 10 pm

“I began my culinary journey in New Orleans back in 1993. I returned to Little Rock in 1995 to hone my craft as a sous chef at two of Little Rock’s finest restaurants, André’s and Spaulé.”

Signature dish – We are known for changing things up. There isn’t a single item that we’ve stuck with forever.

Biggest cooking challenge –  My biggest challenge after all these years in the culinary world is keeping things new, fresh and exciting.

Where I eat on my night off – At home, but I wouldn’t hesitate to dine at any of the good, independent restaurants this city is blessed with.

Must-have kitchen tool – Chef’s knife: it’s my slicer, dicer, bottle opener, etc.  I abuse the hell out of mine.

These days, i’m crazy about – Watching young cooks develop and move towards becoming excellent chefs.

Chef recommends – I recommend learning to cook. It makes you a better diner.

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