Chef Five Bites: Alex McCoy

Born and raised in Montgomery County, Kitchen head chef Alex McCoy competed this spring alongside his brother on NBC's “Chopping Block,” overseen by England’s Marco Pierre White. He got his start in restaurant kitchens in 2003 at Café Gelato in Bethesda, where he was head chef. In 2007, he became chef and manager of Rugby Café, and in May of this year, he was tapped as head chef of the Southern-inspired Kitchen.

1. Every local knows roasted whole flounder with garlic and herbs at Pines of Rome is the best around, and save room for their famous homemade rhum cake.

2. Duck a l'Orange with a great glass of Bordeaux on the patio at Café La Ruche

3. Cold pint of Guinness and Tristan's burger from Rugby Café

4. Crispy fried chicken with gravy and collard greens at Art and Soul

5. Pizza Movers big cheesey pizza ... always a treat on my way home after work late at night.

Previous Chef Five Bites: Cathal Armstrong, Dani Arana, David Guas, Josh Short, Michel Richard, Haidar Karoum, Ryan Morgan, Shannon Overmiller, Anthony Chittum, Jonathan Krinn & Jon Mathieson, Victor Albisu, Vatche Benguian, John Snedden, Nicholas Stefanelli, Travis Olson, Brian Robinson, Cliff Wharton, Alex Bollinger, Massimo Fabbri, Daniel Bortnick, Rob Weland, Olivier Perret, Dennis Marron, Dean Gold, Mike Isabella, Bryan Voltaggio, Geoff Tracy, Bart Vandaele, Rodney Scruggs, Clayton Miller