Jason Cichonski Restaurants
Chef Jason Cichonski is one of Philadelphia’s most exciting and talented young chefs. His artful American restaurant, Ela, is located in Queen Village was opened in November 2011.
Ela’s menu changes frequently throughout the year, to reflect the season’s finest ingredients and Chef Cichonski’s creative, boundary-pushing presentations. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Craig LaBan wrote in his glowing “Three Bells: Excellent” review that “few kitchens in town can match Ela’s food value-wise for pure excitement...from the first course to the last, the chef at Ela is hottest where it matters most,” while Philadelphia Magazine’s Trey Popp called the restaurant “deliciously off-the-wall...completely worth it...a transporting peek inside this rising young chef’s head.”
Jason Cichonski served as executive chef of Lacroix at the Rittenhouse Hotel when he was just 24 years old. Lacroix was one of the city’s only “Four Bells: Superior” fine dining restaurants at the time. Before his success at Lacroix, Chef Cichonski worked in other highly praised kitchens, including the Pluckemin Inn, a contemporary American restaurant in Bedminster, NJ and Moonlight, a progressive American restaurant in New Hope, PA.
Cichonski had the opportunity to further showcase and refine his cooking skills as a contestant on the popular Bravo TV cooking competition, Top Chef in 2013.
Most recently, Cichonski has opened 1100 Social in Xfinty Live at the Philadelphia Sports Complex. 1100 Social offers a unique style of dining with a variety of shareable plates and hand crafted cocktails. The menu is inspired by a blend of Mexican and Asian flavors bringing an innovative twist to classic dishes.
Born and raised in Pennsylvania’s Bucks County, Chef Cichonski is a graduate of University City’s The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College. Today he resides in Philadelphia and can always be found in one of his kitchens.