It’s time to take a trip into our Downingtown kitchen and meet Joe Pryor, our Executive Sous Chef. He’s second in command in the back of the house and responsible for making sure all of our guests have enjoyable experiences.
Q: What is the best thing about your job? And the worst?
A: There’s a lot I enjoy doing on a day-to-day basis, but hearing about a customer’s positive experience always makes me feel good about my efforts. And being a part of all of the fun and awesome events we do is, well, fun and awesome. The worst thing is hearing about someone’s less than spectacular experience here and knowing I could have done something different to change that.
Q: What was the worst job you ever had?
A: I worked at a department store a while ago. It wasn’t the worst thing ever, just not for me.
Q: Tell me something about yourself that no one would know just by looking at you.
A: I have every Hess Truck made from 1988 through now.
Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Why?
A: I knew I wanted to be a chef from a young age. My grandfather was a chef and members of my family have always been in the industry. Before that, I wanted to be a garbage man. Riding on the back of the truck looked like fun.
Q: What do you miss most about being a kid?
A: Summertime. It’s way more meaningful as a kid. You have a few months to hang out with friends outside without a schedule.
Q: If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?
A: I would like to see culinary firsts. The first time someone ate a piece of unknown fruit, or the first time someone ate something they shouldn’t have.
Q: Finish this sentence: Beer is…
A: what’s for dinner.
Q: What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod?
A: iPod? I’ve never heard of such a thing… My most played song is probably Crazy Game of Poker, by O.A.R. It’s actually the only O.A.R. song I listen to.
Q: What is your favorite line to quote from a movie?
A: Anything from a Will Ferrell movie. At one point, we couldn’t stop quoting the entire Step Brothers movie in the kitchen. The Other Guys also has so many funny lines. If you haven’t seen it, watch it and then come into the brewpub and quote me a line.
Q: If you knew the world was ending, what would you do differently?
A: I’d spend more money, eat more food, drink more beer and do it all with the people I love.
Q: If you could have any super power, what would it be and why?
A: Photographic memory. Think of Neo in The Matrix and how he just uploads a program and knows it. I wish I could do that with books or training manuals. I would know how to do everything, and if I didn’t, I could flash-read a book on it, and BOOM!
“scientia potentia est“ (knowledge is power)
Q: Who is your celebrity crush?
A: Scarlett Johansson
Q: What would you name the autobiography of your life?
A: JoePryor: The Man, The Myth, The StewChief