As an avid surfer who travels the world, in his words, “to search for something very personal, very spiritual to me, that perfect mixture of immersing myself in an often unique or isolated culture, their cuisine, to find the structure and purpose of their food and cooking methods and of course surfing alongside the local men, woman and kids.” Culinary Director Lance Fegen is an adventurer on many levels. Surfing is considered a very individual and often times lonely sport. Lance’s approach to food offered at the Liberty Kitchen Restaurants comes from the influences and experiences of his solo travels and his absolute personal requirement that he represent these cultural gifts flawlessly on the menus.
Lance’s approach is full-throttle in every aspect – from his surfing to his contributions to the F.E.E.D. TX partnership. This includes menu crafting, teaching and mentoring the crews and public relations. The goal is to excite and educate restaurant patrons and to provide them the perfect mixture of true value, creativity and ultimate execution. Lance has garnered numerous culinary awards in his 15 years as a Restaurateur. His menus reference his passion as a surfer and are inspired by the natural life styles of the coastal regions he loves. As he has grown through the years he has become more in touch with who he is as a chef, his cooking craft values have changed, as well as his social values and personal lifestyle. He is bringing a cleaner, lighter hand to the dishes in all of the kitchens. Now, it’s all about fresh, it’s about clean and simple ingredients, but as always with his own particular creative style, sense of humor, authentic delivery and ability to not take himself or his food too seriously.
Culinary Director of F.E.E.D. TX, Fegen, is a graduate of the renowned Culinary Institute of America. He served as the Executive Sous-Chef of The Houstonian Hotel, opened and owned Zula restaurant in downtown Houston and went on to open and own the popular Glass Wall – The Restaurant in 2005, located in the Historic Houston Heights.