Executive Chef Brian McPherson brings approximately two decades of culinary experience to Jackson 20, one of Alexandria’s preeminent destinations for outstanding American tavern fare. Chef McPherson also served as Executive Chef of Jackson 20 and The Grill at the Morrison House from 2011 to 2016, now making his return to Old Town Alexandria to revamp Jackson 20’s popular American comfort concept with a fresh approach and new concepts. A D.C. resident for the past 16 years, he is a strong advocate for locally sourced ingredients, working with a variety of local vendors, farmers and partners to introduce sustainable cuisine options.
Prior to returning to Jackson 20, Chef McPherson served as the Chef de Cuisine at Brasserie Beck in Washington, D.C., an upscale brasserie seating approximately 220 guests. Before that, he served as the Task Force Executive Chef for Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants in San Francisco, CA, where he oversaw restaurant development and daily restaurant operations on behalf of the brand’s local culinary portfolio.
Over the span of his successful culinary career, Chef McPherson held a host of positions at a variety of local eateries, including Butterfield 9, New Heights Restaurant, David Gregory Restaurant and Poste Moderne Brasseries, where he served in a variety of capacities, including instituting kitchen procedures, developing experiential dining integrations, crafting timely menu items and hiring/training staff members.
A Pittsburgh, PA native, Chef McPherson is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts. When not busy in the kitchen, he enjoys cycling in his spare time.