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EXECUTIVE CHEF JAGGER GRIFFIN
OCEAN PRIME in PHOENIX, ARIZONA

I think just differently. I'll always try to diagnose problems
July 2017 Issue | Vol. 5, No. 11                                                    before they happen so I can avoid them.









 





 







 






 
 
 
 


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 PARADISE VALLEY, ARIZONA

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Jagger Griffin | Executive Chef | Ocean Prime in Phoenix, Arizona On Jagger Griffin’s very first day at New England Culinary Institute, he got an unabridged version of life in the kitchen. It started in his very first class, Banquets, taught by one of the school’s founders, Michel LaBorgne, who Griffin described as, “an older French gentleman, like the coolest guy ever”. LaBorgne, Griffin said, had a big stockpot just-barely simmering on the stove “It’s six-thirty or seven in the morning,” Griffin set the scene. “We’re all there, just kind of bumping around in the kitchen.” Someone stirred the stockpot. LaBorgne shouted—What are you doing? That is my consommé! And Griffin’s world stood still. “I thought,” Griffin said, “Wow, this is intense. You know, the very first day—he doesn’t care—giving the guy the business.” And so Griffin began his journey into the culinary world. One that would soon eclipse his start as a short-order cook at Denny’s and place him alongside some of the world’s brightest culinary stars. A journey befitting for someone named after one of the world’s greatest rock stars. “I was named after Mick Jagger,” Griffin explained. “My father is a H-U-G-E Stones fan, like ridiculous style. I’ve seen them so-o-o many times. When they were talking about my name, my mother and father, my father had wanted to name me Jagger. My mother had said, Okay, we’ll name him Jagger—my middle name is Christopher—but I want to call him Chris.”