Our People

BRYAN SPARKS

CHEF DE CUISINE
For Bryan, food is the universal language of family. Good food brings people together, sparks old memories, and creates new ones. As much as he loves cooking—and he LOVES cooking—his favorite part about being a chef is seeing the smiles on guests faces when they enjoy a meal together.
Born and raised in Brookside, KC, Bryan joined the Coast Guard after high school. When he learned that he was colorblind, he had the choice to either push paperwork or cook. He chose the latter, and the rest is history. After seven years in the service, he fueled his passion for the culinary arts at the Schoolcraft School of Arts in Detroit, MI. As a chef, he is a jack of all trades, having run the kitchens of Neapolitan pizza restaurants, country clubs, whiskey bars, high end pop-ups, and ramen restaurants. He joined the opening crew of Jax Fish House and, after a few years as a journeyman chef, returned to helm the kitchen that helped shape his career.
When he’s not cooking up a storm at Jax, you’ll find Bryan hanging out with his family, working out at the gym, and supporting local organizations like No Kids Hungry and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

KRISTI QUICK

GENERAL MANAGER

Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Kristi discovered her passion for hospitality while helping her brother open and operate his own restaurant, Wahooz, a casual cajun joint. “I realized that dining is an experience and in so many areas of the world food and dining define family and culture. I am lucky and honored to be part of so many lives!”

Her vivacious spirit and beaming smile have become a mainstay at Jax, and Kristi is someone that everyone seems to know! In her spare time she enjoys cooking at home, biking through town, perusing the Farmers Market, and playing in the outdoors with her kids and husband.