Our People


The fast pace, camaraderie, creativity, and endless knowledge are what drew Jeff into the kitchen to begin his cooking career. He enjoys the care and attention to detail involved in crafting new dishes, but above all else loves creating a positive dining experience for his friends and guests. Born and raised in Saint Louis, MO, Jeff moved out to Denver, CO, to study the culinary arts at Johnson & Wales University. After cutting his teeth at various country clubs, he decided that free standing restaurants were more his style and joined the crew at Jax Fish House in Glendale. In 2014, he moved back to his home state to help open Jax in Kansas City, working his way up the ranks to become Chef de Cuisine in the spring of 2017.
When he’s not behind the burners at Jax, you’ll find Jeff enjoying the outdoors as much as possible. His personal life likewise revolves around food, family and friends—If he were to eat a last meal it would include copious amounts of charcuterie, bone marrow, and foie gras.



Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Kristi discovered her passion for hospitality while helping her brother open and operate his own restaurant, Wahooz Fish Taco. “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.