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Cool Dad Job: Chef, Restaurateur

Cool Dad Vibe: Hometown Hero

Cool Dad Bona Fides: Baltimore’s favorite foodie son, Gjerde runs six different restaurants in Charm City and employs over 300 people. Along with his wife and business partner Amy, Gjerde started Woodberry Kitchen in 2007. His empire has only grown from there, but Gjerde has remained very particular about using local ingredients in order to support local agricultural producers. After some resistance, Gjerde finally opened his first non-Baltimore restaurant in Washington D.C. last year, but his focus remains on cooking for and creating jobs in his home town. He lives there with Amy and their two teenaged kids, Finn and Katie.