ANN CASHION Chef/Owner Cashion's Eat Place, Co-Owner Johnny's Half Shell
1995: Opens Cashion's Eat Place in D.C.
For the past twenty years Ann Cashion has worked intensively in restaurant kitchens in both the United States and Europe. She began her career in San Francisco, California, where she worked for several Bay Area establishments before traveling to Italy to apprentice at Francesco Ricchi's trattoria in the hills outside Florence (Francesco is currently proprietor/chef of Cesco and Etrusco, two popular restaurants in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area). In 1981 she worked in Dreux, France to study techniques for high volume production of croissants and other breakfast pastries in preparation for the opening of Oh-la-la!, a Vie de France-style concept which opened in downtown San Francisco in 1982. She opened Oh-la-la!'s second unit the following year.
Upon her arrival in Washington, Ann cooked at Restaurant Nora prior to opening the restaurant at Dakota, a high-profile nightclub-restaurant concept in Adams Morgan. In autumn of 1987 she began developing the menu for the restaurant, which opened as Austin Grill in Washington, D.C. in June of 1988. Under Ann's direction as head chef, the Austin Grill met with immediate critical and popular success. It was featured on the cover of the Washingtonian's 1989 Best Bargain Restaurants issue and was included in Phyllis Richman's 50 favorites later that year. In 1991 Ann opened South Austin Grill in Alexandria, Virginia. A larger restaurant with an expanded Tex-Mex menu, South Austin Grill met with critical and popular success. In 1993 Austin Grills opened Jaleo, a Spanish tapas restaurant in downtown Washington, D.C. As Executive Chef, Ann was once again responsible for developing a successful menu concept and training and supervising yet another kitchen staff. Jaleo has been featured in GQ, Gourmet, and Food and Wine, as well as in the Washington press.
Ann left her position as Executive Chef of Austin Grills. Inc. to open her own restaurant
Cashion's Eat Place, in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, D.C. The restaurant opened in May of 1995. Voted "Best New Restaurant" by the readership of Gourmet Magazine and prominently featured in Phyllis Richman's 50 favorites, the restaurant has become a destination for serious diners throughout the metropolitan area, including President Clinton. Cashion's Eat Place has also been featured on the TV Food Network, PBS, and on France II television for the quality of its cuisine and the warmth of its ambiance. In 1997, Ann Cashion was honored as the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington's "Chef of the Year".
In May of 1999, with partner John Fulchino, Ann Cashion opened their second restaurant
Johnny's Half Shell. Located in Dupont Circle, the small cafe and oyster bar features simply prepared, American regional seafood with an emphasis on the culinary traditions of the Chesapeake Bay and Maryland's Eastern Shore. Johnny's Half Shell has been embraced by Washington diners, endorsed by the city's food critics, and featured in Food and Wine and The New York Times.
Ann Cashion is a native of Jackson, Mississippi and a 1976 graduate of Harvard University. Ann also completed two years at Stanford University towards her doctorate in English Literature before leaving to cook professionally. She is a member of Les Dames d'Escoffier, International Association of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs, and the Council of Independent Restaurateurs of America. She has been a featured speaker at the National Museum for Women in the Arts and was included in the cookbook "Women of Taste" published in 1998.