Chef Jason Alley of Comfort - Biography

Richmond, VA

August 2014

If you start cooking at 4, chances are you’re going to keep going. Jason Alley got his start whipping up Southern comfort food for his family in Pulaski, Virginia. And when Alley realized college wasn’t for him, he headed for a Quaker-owned orchard near Harrisonburg. Fate brought Alley to a group of dishwasher friends at Harrisonburg Country Club, where he quickly moved on to food prep and eventually lead cook.

With a move to Champaign, Illinois, Alley found both his wife and his first chef job at a bar and grill. Alley polished his skills at Atlanta’s 1848 House, Blue Ridge Grill, and ENO, before returning home to Europa Café and Tapas Bar in Richmond, Virginia, where he met future partner Chris Chandler. The duo opened the aptly named Southern-twanged Comfort in 2002, following that up with small plates, sustainable-focused Pasture in 2013. Most recently, Alley teamed up with Chef Harrison Keevil, investing in sustainability with a small farm of his own.