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Andrew Gruel (born July 12, 1980) is an American chef and television personality, based in Orange County, California. He appeared as a judge on Food Network's Food Truck Face Off and as a host of FYI's Say It To My Face!, and is the founder, CEO and executive chef of Slapfish, a seafood restaurant franchise based out of Huntington Beach, California.

Andrew Gruel
Andrew Gruel 2016 (cropped).jpg
Born (1980-07-12) July 12, 1980 (age 39)
EducationBates College
Johnson & Wales University
Lauren Gruel (m. 2013)
Culinary career
Cooking styleSeafood


Early life and educationEdit

Gruel was born and raised in Bridgewater, New Jersey.[1] He said that his affinity towards cooking started at an early age, when he would fake sick to stay home from school and watch cooking shows on public-access television.[2] While attending Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, he worked in lobster restaurants in the area.[3][4] He received his culinary degree from Johnson & Wales University's College of Culinary Arts.[5]



Gruel began his career working in fine dining restaurants, hotels and diners in New Jersey, as a cook at the Ritz Carlton in Boston[5][6] and at Jack's of New London in New London, New Hampshire.[5] He left the East Coast in 2009 to work as director of Seafood for the Future, a nonprofit program at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California.[1][7]


Gruel's first television appearance was on the BBC show The Endless Feast in 2007.[7] He served as a judge on the Food Channel's Food Truck Face Off in 2014,[2] and also appeared on Eat St. on the Cooking Channel,[8] Today on NBC,[9] and On the Rocks on the Food Network.[1] In 2015, Gruel starred as a host on season 1 of the reality television show Say It To My Face![10]


Gruel hosted a culinary radio show called Cooking with Gruel in 2015.[2] He was a guest host on the weekly The SoCal Restaurant Show on KLAA, which launched in 2012.[11]

Television appearancesEdit

Year Series Network Notes
2007 The Endless Feast BBC Guest
2012 Eat St. Cooking Channel Guest
2013 On the Rocks Food Network Consulting chef
2014 Food Truck Face Off Food Network Judge (season 1, 5 episodes)
Today NBC Guest
2015 Say It To My Face! FYI Host (season 1, 15 episodes)
2016 Home & Family Hallmark Channel Guest (2 episodes)

Personal lifeEdit

Gruel is married with three children.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Anthony Clark Carpio, "Slapfish set to jump into bigger pond," Los Angeles Times, January 8, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d "Featured Chef of the Month, Andrew Gruel of Slapfish!". Tony Reverditto. Food Enthusiast Magazine. 2015-03-15.
  3. ^ Bret Thorn, "Slapfish co-founder: 'Let’s make seafood sexy again'," Nation's Restaurant News, July 23, 2014.
  4. ^ Susan Adams, "Started As A Food Truck, Slapfish Is Trying To Be The 'Chipotle Of Seafood'," Forbes, October 27, 2016.
  5. ^ a b c John Walters, "Jack's of New London: Where (almost) everybody knows your name," Kearsarge Magazine, Summer 2007, pp. 73-74.
  6. ^ Nicole Russin-McFarland, "Food Network Featured Andrew Gruel: His Story and How the Slapfish Chain is Set to Conquer the Globe (Minus the 'Austin Powers' Sharks With Laser Beams," Archived 2014-12-12 at the Wayback Machine The Comeback, December 3, 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Try Amazing Sustainable Seafood at SlapFish". Christine Lynn Williamson. Locale Magazine. 2014-08-25.
  8. ^ Michelle Woo, "Slapfish To Be Featured On The Cooking Channel's Eat Street Tonight," OC Weekly, August 21, 2012.
  9. ^ "Grill up seafood! Surf 'n' turf burgers and shrimp cubano," Today, July 30, 2014.
  10. ^ "Slapfish execs star in reality TV show," Fast Casual, July 15, 2015.
  11. ^ "About the SoCal Restaurant Show," Accessed June 19, 2016.

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