A few months ago I had the opportunity to meet with a local chef Josh Barnhard at his restaurant, Josh’s Coastal Chaos that is located in Point Pleasant, NJ. Josh’s Coastal Chaos is unlike anything in its area and focuses on giving its customers good, hearty meals that have a creative focus and are also a bang for your buck. Check out my interview with him below and see how he got started and his plans for the future.
SCBD: How old were you when you started cooking?
JB: I’ve always loved cooking since I was little. I was 17 when I started working in a kitchen and continued to work in restaurants throughout college. I worked at Tiffany’s in Toms River, Front of House at Lone Star and Charlie Brown’s. Then I started working at my family’s restaurant, Taylor’s Dockside Grill while working other jobs. I also learned a lot when I worked for Aramark for a period of time.
SCBD: What made you want to choose cooking?
JB: My dream career is one where I can creative and I can do that with cooking. I am extremely passionate about cooking and music.
SCBD: What made you want to open Josh’s Coastal Chaos?
JB: I was working at Taylor’s Dockside up until the time Superstorm Sandy hit. The damage was so bad because of Sandy that we couldn’t reopen. After a while I decided to Chaos in Point Pleasant Beach and its been open since April.
SCBD: What’s your vision with Josh’s Coastal Chaos?
JB: We’re doing a lot of trial and error. We currently have breakfast and lunch every day and may even serve dinner at some point due to the high demand from our customers.
SCBD: What would you call the cuisine here?
JB: We’re a family based restaurant that specializes in comfort food with a chaotic twist. We have everything to breakfast classics to lunch favorites. We don’t serve any frozen food, everything is homemade from the chicken fingers to pancakes.