By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published May 28, 2019 at 1:01 PM Photography: Lori Fredrich

Jarvis Williams, corporate executive chef for SURG Restaurant Group, shared today that he has departed from his long-term role with the restaurant group.

Williams, who has been with the group for 13 years, says he’s grateful for the years of experience he gleaned working with co-owners Omar Shaikh and Mike Polaski, the group’s long list of notable chefs, office staff and crew.

"When I got the job at Carnevor, it was a significant turning point in my career," he says. "It was the moment I realized that my life had to get buttoned up way tighter than it had been. I needed to get more serious about my career and my future … and SURG was a bit part of that.

"Over the years, there was never a moment that I hated what I did. Every person became part of my family, a friend rather than just someone with a job title. And that’s the way I wanted it to be. I just wanted to be steadfast, a part of it.

"At this point in my career, it was just time to do something else," he adds. "The timing was good in terms of the fact that I could feel good about what I’d done and wrap things up in a way that felt right. Things are in good hands. Chefs Mario Giuliani and Dan Sibley are seasoned and solid. Carnevor is doing well, and everything is in place. I couldn’t feel better about how I’m leaving things."

Williams’ plans are still under wraps, but he says he’s eager to embark on the next leg of his career journey.

"I don’t use the word ‘excited’ very often … but I’m extremely excited to move forward with the experience I have, with better trained eyes."

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.