VIBE: Jon once said in an interview that food brings ANYONE together, like music. Who's the craziest person you've went out to dinner with?
Jon Gray: Anytime I eat out with the GG squad things get interesting to say the least.
Chef Malcolm Livingston II: My family, we just have a ball clowning and telling stories. Food definitely brings anyone and everyone together.
Chef Marq Hayes: Da Wolf Pack we had to air out Employees Only one time when the drunk bartender got out of pocket.
Chef Lester Walker: Hard to say but I would love to take Lindsay Lohan out on the town.
VIBE: Do you guys let your wives/girlfriends cook ever? Or are the men the kitchen kings?
Jon Gray: I find that some women are intimated by the GG wave and don't want to get in the kitchen around me because they see pics of uni and arctic char on my Instagram, but I appreciate a lady that can cook. I’ll just give creative direction if necessary.
Chef Malcolm Livingston II: I love for my wife to cook. But occasionally I get kind of militant and have to check in on my sous chef to find out what she doing :)
Chef Marq Hayes: Only skilled lunch meats get to cook wit da Hero otherwise they do the prepping!
Chef Lester Walker: Cooking is my passion x I love interacting with my girlfriend while in the kitchen and in my element x I call her my sous chef and we role play x swerve.
Chef Daniel Levin: Girls are always very intimidated to cook for me, but I really love when they do.
VIBE: When did it occur to you that you wanted to perfect the dish - chicken and waffles and turn it into a sandwich?
Jon Gray: For me it started with the name. Waffles and Models then we brainstormed on how we could serve a waffle in a non traditional setting that was up to par with the GG standard.
Chef Malcolm Livingston II: The idea started as a serving item for our Waffles x Models party. We wanted to figure out the best format to deliver the waffles and chicken without sacrificing flavor and texture in a party setting . So we toasted the waffle, sliced it in half, and from there the chic x waffle slider was born.
Chef Marq Hayes: It was definitely time to create an elevated version of this southern delicacy and the elements we used changed the perception of this dish.
Chef Lester Walker: We wanted to be cutting edge with it it's like bringing 2 worlds together. So why not goons x supermodels? Opposites will always attract. You have southern fried chicken with Belgian waffles, the perfect combination of savory and sweet. However, the dish is still not perfected and we have a long way to go. We are never satisfied; we're always chasing that next big wave.
Chef Daniel Levin: It was a collaboration of all the chef’s ideas to turn the classic chicken and waffles into what we made.
Photo Credit: Joshua Woods