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Industrial Revolution Employee Spotlight: Blake Read


For Blake Read, serving as Kitchen Supervisor at Industrial Revolution Eatery and Grill is more than just a job - it’s a passionate hobby. Read has been cooking for nearly a decade working in several restaurants around the Region. Now leading Industrial Revolution’s kitchen, Read has found the perfect balance of work and fun.

“Reading Anthony Bourdain's ‘Kitchen Confidential’ pushed me to pursue cooking as a legit career. After I read that book, it really kicked it off for me,” Read said.

At the point in his life when Read was looking to make a career change, a friend stepped up to help, eventually landing him a career path that would plant him in different restaurants around the Region.

“A friend of mine got me the opportunity. He knew my work ethic and that I’d be able to handle it,” Read said. “He got me into the kitchen and before I knew it, I fell in love with cooking.”

Read’s passion for cooking continues to grow day by day - so much, in fact, that he’s looking to further his education in culinary arts. The fast-paced and chaotic environment of the restaurant business is one Read said hits close to home.

“I have a passion for those moments when things run smoothly and efficiently, like a well-oiled machine. I grew up in a chaotic environment, so my mind works best when it's chaotic. When there are tickets hanging and there’s a lot going on, that’s when my brain is clicking.”

Industrial Revolutions’ unique set up is something Read cherishes, such as the journey customers take during the dinner experience.

“It’s a unique experience every time a guest comes in. They get to see a new picture on the wall. We’re always celebrating a different American who’s helped sculpt society into what it is today,” he said.

A typical day for Read includes preparing the food line setup, checking food temperatures, and making sure the kitchen is ready for when service starts at 11 a.m.

“My position is making sure we’re able to knock out the tickets as they come in,” Read said. “The teamwork here is great, and because of that I’m able to produce a lot more volume and accomplish more with the way people work together.”

Industrial Revolution Eatery and Grille
1084 Linwood Ave
Valparaiso, IN 46383
(219) - 465 - 1801
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