It’s all hands on deck during Restaurant Week at ZINC! The days are long, but also rewarding! Our kitchen is where a lot of the magic happens, thanks to our talented Chef de Cuisine, Alex Blifford. Alex has been with ZINC for seven years and has become Denise’s Right Hand Man. Working his way up the ranks, he’s a crucial part of the ZINC team and completely understands the vision and ideas behind the food. He’s always behind the line, so we wanted to shine our spotlight on him and have you get to know him a little better. Alex loves craft beer and is a proud father to his 5 month old son, Oliver. Here’s a little more about the man that helps keep that kitchen running smoothly. 

Where are you from? Branford,CT

How long have you been working in kitchens? 18 years

What are your career goals? 
Eventually I would like to open my own kitchen. After learning from others for so long and working for other people I would like the chance to see if I can make it on my own.

What is your favorite thing about what you do? 
It's definitely making something with my hands every day. I get to make something tangible that another person will enjoy. There aren't a lot of people who get to do that, so I feel pretty lucky. 

What do you love about working at ZINC New Haven? 
Two things. One, the constant exposure to new food and ideas keeps this things that I've been doing my whole life fresh and exciting day after day. Second, the friends and relationships I've made over the years at ZINC. I wouldn't be the person I am today without them.

When you’re not working, what are you doing? 
I'm usually trying to spend as much time with my wife and newborn son. We live close to the beach so I'm looking forward to warmer weather and spending time by the water with them.