Wichita chef Jason Febres doesn’t mind being added to a list that includes famous names like Rocco DiSpirito and Michael Voltaggio.
He also doesn’t mind being called sexy.
Recently, while searching the Internet for stories about his restaurant, Taste and See at 255 N. Washington, Febres came across a January listicle on Elite Daily, a New York-based website that describes itself as “The Voice of Generation Y.”
The title of the list, composed by writer Kaylin Pound, was “20 Sexy Chefs Who Will Make You Insanely Hungry For More Than Their Food.”
Febres made the list. He’s 16 chefs down, smiling seductively in a shot from his Instagram page, which Elite Daily linked to. DiSpirito and Voltaggio are also on the list, as are chefs like Christopher Kostow from The Restaurant at Meadowood in Napa Valley and Ari Taymore of Alma Restaurant in Los Angeles.
Febres, who is of Venezuelan heritage, said he has no idea how the website found him, just like he doesn’t know how producers of the television show “Bar Rescue” found him in 2013. His appearance on that show launched a string of television gigs on Food Network and NBC.
The list, Febres said, doesn’t make him feel any more or less sexy. But he did enjoy seeing it.
“I think it’s a very nice compliment,” he said. “Who doesn’t like being called sexy, right?”