Chef Jason Quinlan will take over all of the culinary efforts at Der Braumeister, marking the first time in the restaurant’s 35-year history that a non-family member will be leading the kitchen. A graduate of the Scottsdale Culinary Institute, Quinlan has over 15 years of experience, including working at some of Cleveland’s most notable establishments such as the former One Walnut, Spice (restaurant & catering) and most recently, Marigold Catering.
Classically trained in French technique, Quinlan aims to incorporate as much of that technique as possible to any dish he is creating, while adding his own personal twist. He has extensive experience creating menus and dishes for all types of styles and cultures including Mexican, Italian, New American – and now German.
“I’m beyond excited to get to work at Der Braumeister,” said Quinlan. “This family has a long history in the community, so being chosen as the first non-family chef to lead the kitchen is an honor. I can’t wait to work alongside Linda and Jenn, learning the family secrets and recipes that have made this restaurant such a beloved staple for so many years, while also adding my own spin and helping Der Brau take their next steps into the future.”
Quinlan will take over the kitchen operations from Linda Hoertz, mother of Jenn Wirtz, Der Brau’s current, third-generation owner. His first order of business will be to review – and edit – the restaurant’s current menu, incorporating some new creations while enhancing the dishes that have long been favorites of their customers.
“After thirty-five years working in this kitchen, I look forward to taking a much needed step back from the business and spending more time with my family,” said Hoertz. “I have the utmost trust and respect for Chef Jason, and I feel more than comfortable handing him the torch.”
“I’m beyond excited to have Chef Jason join our team,” said Wirtz. “We’ve been so fortunate to have served our community – together, as a family – for as long as we have, and now it’s time to take our next steps as a business. Jason isn’t going to be changing who we are – but instead, he’s helping us evolve. He respects our history, and he’s enthusiastic about learning our recipes and styles, so I know he will help preserve that part of our family moving forward.”
Quinlan’s first official day will be Thursday, October 15th and a new menu is slated for the coming weeks, just in time for the holidays.