Hello FEAST: Meet Mikey and Firefly’s Sunchoke Medley

Hello FEAST: Meet Mikey and Firefly’s Sunchoke Medley

Meet Mikey…

Last week I interviewed Firefly Grill’s new Chef de Cusine, Mikey Crawford.  After we chatted, he let me  sample the Sunchoke Sweet Potato Medley…

sunchoke jerusalem artichoke medley at the firefly grill effingham IL. Super Yum! | www.lakesidetable.com

and then he made me a Fried Chicken Salad with their famous Firefly Ranch Dressing.  Double bonus!

Fried Chicken Salad - www.lakesidetable.com

sunchoke medley at firefly grill
Firefly Grill’s new Chef de Cuisine, Mikey Crawford

We chatted about his background, how he came to be at the Firefly, and from where he draws inspiration.  Feast Magazine has an upcoming article featuring Mikey’s roasted Sunchoke Sweet Potato Medley, so I snapped a few photos for them to use as well.  

Sunchokes (Jerusalem artichokes) | www.lakesidetable
Sunchokes (Jerusalem artichokes)

Sunchokes (Jerusalem artichokes) | www.lakesidetable

One of the best things about the restaurant business is it’s people.  They come from every walk of life.  It doesn’t matter if it’s a line cook, sommelier, Maitre D’, owner or dishwasher; restaurant people are just interesting folk.  Mikey is no exception.

sun chokes and fried chicken

Chatting it up

Several years ago, Mikey debated between two career paths. He was going to join a special ops division of the U.S. Air Force as a pararescue jumper or he wanted to go into the restaurant business. While he was deciding on which direction he should take, he took a pivotal trip to Nashville. While he was there, he ate at a couple of restaurants that blew his socks off. He came away from each of those dining experiences saying, “Wow! I want to do that!” To his parents’ great relief he decided against a career of jumping out of a perfectly good helicopter and opted to play with knives instead.  

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