Introducing Max Brenner’s New Food and Beverage Director

<p>Meet Jay Son, Max Brenner’s new Food and Beverage Director. Jay is a transplant to NYC from Ann Arbor and, of course, a culinary rock star. He comes from years in the food and beverage industry with international kitchens Le Pain Quotidien, Sweetgreen, and Simit &amp; Smith.  We sat down with Jay to get to know him a bit better and see what inspires him these days.<a href=""><img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-2094" src="" alt="Max Brenner's New Food And Drink Director, Jay Son" width="604" height="523" /></a><span id="more-2088"></span></p> <p><strong>Tell me a little about yourself: where are you from, what inspires you, where are you going?</strong></p> <p>I was born and raised in Ann Arbor, MI. and moved to NYC a decade ago.  Not to sound corny, but lately I’ve been inspired by love. I just got engaged and I have a baby girl on the way. I’ve seen that the recent dishes I’ve been slinging out of the kitchen have been hugely inspired by it. Love is a powerful emotion and when it’s at its best it can bring out the best in you.</p> <p>I don’t know where I’m going yet, but I love where I am, so there’s no rush to go anywhere else.</p> <p><strong>How did you wind up as Food and Beverage Director at Max Brenner?</strong></p> <p>It’s been a long journey to get here. I first became Food and Beverage manager for Le Pain Quotidien 8 years ago and from there journeyed to Sweetgreen right before they took off on a rocket ship to success.</p> <p>At Simit and Smith I delved more into the entire restaurant operations, signing as the executive chef and soon after taking on the role of Director of Operations. I was actually contacted by Max Brenner asking for references for Chefs that could fill the role… somehow and someway we opened up talks and a couple months later… here I am.</p> <p><strong>What’s your favorite Netflix show (or television show)? </strong></p> <p>Walking Dead.</p> <p><strong>What is your favorite menu item at Max Brenner?</strong></p> <p>Currently my favorite is the European Fondue. There’s just something so sexy about sitting down in a restaurant and sharing a nice hot fire with lots of chocolate.</p> <p><strong>What are some exciting things we can expect from Max Brenner over the next year? </strong></p> <p>Comfort foods from many different cultural backgrounds (think Southern, Hawaiian, French, Korean, Spanish, Mediterranean) and of course, a wide range of dessert and chocolate innovation.</p> <p><strong>White, Dark, or Milk Chocolate?</strong></p> <p>Dark Chocolate. There’s nothing better than the pure taste of chocolate not to mention the health benefits in dark chocolate (when eaten in moderation).</p> <p><strong>If you could chocolate cover anything, what would it be?</strong></p> <p>Bacon, Bacon, and Bacon.</p> <p><strong>What’s your favorite type of ethnic food?</strong></p> <p>Korean Food. Love Kimchi.</p> <p><strong>What do you put on your pizza?</strong></p> <p>Garlic powder, chili flakes, salt, pepper, sriracha.</p> <p><strong>What makes the world go round?</strong><strong> </strong></p> <p>Hmm. A long time ago Ollie Jones said love makes the world go round and KISS would strongly agree. Who am I to argue with KISS? Franklin B. Jones would say love doesn’t make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile… I’ll take that ride.</p> <p><strong>Come by our Union Square branch to get a peak of what Jay’s cooking up in the kitchen!</strong></p>

EAT (RED) SAVE LIVES with Max Brenner

<p>Max Brenner has joined the fight to end AIDS with EAT (RED) SAVE LIVES. This June, we’re introducing two new specialty menu items that are sure to delight you in more ways than one. All proceeds from the (RED) Velvet Waffle &amp; Strawberry Mimosa will go straight to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, which means that you can enjoy these “limited time-only” creations guilt-free.</p> Read more >

A Sweet, Delectable Debut

<p>We have done it again! As you may already know, here at Max Brenner we are famous for our indulgent desserts and we’re very excited to debut our <a href="" target="_blank">NEW dessert menu</a>. This menu features the most delectable desserts that are bound to make chocoholics everywhere drool. These new dishes truly define the dessert category and are shaping chocolate culture across the nation. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the newest dessert additions that are bound to make you swoon.</p> Read more >

Amazon to the Max!

<p>Chocoholics rejoice! You’ve asked and we’ve listened! We’re so excited to announce the launch of our new Amazon shop. No matter where you are in the U.S., we have your chocolate fix covered. With just a few clicks, you can now shop for all of your favorite Max Brenner Chocolate – anytime, anywhere.</p> Read more >

A Spring Fling You Won’t Regret

<p>You can feel it in the air – the birds are beginning to chirp and daylight is lasting a little bit longer. The inviting warmth of springtime is upon us! And what better way to celebrate this gentle, laid back season than with our NEW spring menu! From the tantalizing Nacho Skillet to a fun and delectable Doughnut Party – these are dishes (and experiences) you’ll fall for fast!</p> Read more >

Cold Weather, Warm Bellies

<p>Oh, winter. We’re all wishing for a swift end to these bitter cold months. Sure, the occasional snow dusting may be a pretty sight &#8211; but frigid temperatures and blizzard conditions are absolutely chilling. Enter: Comfort food. Cozying up and catching up with our loved ones over warm, hearty dishes is the perfect way to cope with the worst winter weather. </p> Read more >

Your New Year’s Resolution: Eat More Dark Chocolate!

<p>For the New Year, we have a sweet resolution for all of you chocoholics: eat more dark chocolate, anytime of the day, whenever you need it. Don’t skip chocolate as part of your new diet, but instead make it a part of your new diet.  Sounds easy enough, right?</p> Read more >

Max Brenner’s 20th Anniversary Celebration

<p>While the first 20 years at Max Brenner have been chocotastic we are so excited to be entering the next decade and celebrating our “platinum” anniversary. So how exactly did Max Brenner celebrate such a huge anniversary? </p> Read more >

Max Brenner Invites You to Share YOUR Chocolate Love Stories!

<p>As Max Brenner approaches our 20th Anniversary, we are taking a step back to reflect on all the chocolate magic that has transpired in our shops &amp; restaurants around the world. From our first retail location in 1996, to our first Max Brenner Chocolate Bar in 2000, to our recent celebration of World Chocolate Day 2016, our mission to share our chocolate love story has always been the guiding light.</p> Read more >

Handmade Charity: Max Brenner Shares More Than Just the Love of Chocolate

<p>Recently, to give back to our community, we hosted Handmade Charity’s first NYC event at Union Sq. Children got a chocolate pizza tutorial from our Food and Beverage director, Jay Son, as well as a candle making class.  They had an amazing and moving time, and were able to share the joy of life (and chocolate).</p> Read more >

World Chocolate Day 2016: #EatYourSelfie at Max Brenner Union Square

<p>Although every day is chocolate day at Max Brenner, this year on July 7th for World Chocolate Day we wanted to do something special to show our appreciation for all the chocolate love that we receive every day. To celebrate with a twist, we commissions artist Taylor Martin to create the first ever Max Brenner edible #EatYourSelfie chocolate portraits!</p> Read more >