Celebrity Chef Vic Vegas – best known for his numerous appearances on the hit reality TV show Bar Rescue – has been named Executive Chef at The 51 House on the Edenton waterfront, owner Rose Tummarello has announced.
Vegas played a lead role in the restaurant’s launch in the fall of 2016. Now he’s coming back to help oversee restaurant operations and spice up its culinary image, Tummarello said.
He’ll also take charge of all culinary aspects of Tummarello’s dream project – transforming the second floor of the restaurant into the region’s premier event space for weddings, banquets, corporate events and private parties.
Construction is underway, with a grand opening gala planned for mid-March.
Chef Vic is a self-taught chef specializing in traditional Italian and contemporary American comfort food, or, as he calls it, “food people like to eat.”
He worked his way up the culinary ladder from dishwasher to executive chef at a Las Vegas hotel restaurant. He moved from Brooklyn to Las Vegas when he was 13, but his culinary style reflects his classic, New York Italian background.
Today he’s known for a unique style that blends Vegas flair with the traditional recipes he learned from his mother and grandmother. “They’re really the reason I took this position at The 51 House,” he said in an interview. “I’m involved in a lot of projects, doing a lot of different things, but being a restaurant chef wasn’t one of them. I’m doing this as a way of paying homage to them, to get back to the basics they taught me, now I can teach others,” he said. “So when Rose called with the offer, I didn’t hesitate.”