Greg Frey

San Diego - Executive Chef at Golden Door

After quickly rising through the ranks in the culinary scene of Charleston, South Caroling, chef Greg Frey took to San Diego like a fish to water. His involvement in the community and various charities there has made him a name to know. Did we mention his food at the Golden Door, where he is executive chef, in Escondido is to die for?

Q&A:

Hometown?

Spring Hill, Florida.

Place you call home now (neighborhood etc)?

Escondido.

Any notes on your education?

I first studied Aerospace Engineering at Embry-Riddle and switched to culinary. What was surprising to me is how much of my engineering education related to culinary. It surely has enhanced my ability to be a better chef.

Favorite sport to watch?

Surfing.

Favorite sport to play?

Surfing.

Best vacation ever?

Kauai’s North Shore, just my wife and I and a beach.

Dream trip destination?

A three week surf boat trip through the South Pacific with my with and pups.

Favorite dessert?

Smelly cheese, crusty bread and great champagne.

Underrated food?

Indian cuisine.

Dish you’re best at cooking?

Carbonara.

Road trip -- three in the car with you. Living or dead. Who are they? Why?

My wife, for too many reasons to mention, except that I want us to go together, always. My grandpa, Tom, who passed too early before I really got to know him. And my father, who tragically passed 10 years ago doing what he loved—flying.

Favorite TV show as a kid?

Great Chefs of the World.

Most impressive live performance you ever saw?

Toots and the Maytals.

Car you drive now?

Honda odyssey… love it. It’s my surf mobile, prob have lost several MPG over the years of sand collection.

Car you’d like to drive?

1969 VW Bus.

Best car you’ve owned?

1969 VW Bus.

Wear a watch?

My trusty Timex.

Summer drink of choice?

Salty Dog.

Bourbon or Scotch?

Island Single Malt Scotch.

Vodka or gin?

Gin.

Cologne?

Salt water.

Go-to red on a wine list?

Central Coast Pinot Noir.

Go-to white?

Napa or Monterey Sauvignon Blanc.

Favorite beach?

Cardiff State Beach.

On a Saturday, your favorite errand to run is?

Work.

Best work advice you ever got?

It’s a marathon, not a race.

Best thing about your career?

Doing what I love.

What do you do now for work? Tell us something about your work and career path.

As a chef for the past 13 years my work has taken me to many places around the globe. Introduced me to more culture than I thought I would have the chance too and introduced me to some really amazing people.

Do you have any philanthropic interests/endeavors?

I’m very proud of the work Golden Door does to support the ending of child abuse. During my 10 years here in San Diego, I have supported Casa De Amparo in similar efforts.