Salt & Ash’s Executive Chef Creates Unique and Flavorful Meals
Written By: Ryan Whitehead Salt & Ash
For Chef Cody Storts, when it comes to the kitchen, he’s the star of the show and he wants to amaze his audience. His simple message is for everyone to come and enjoy his food. Currently, the Executive Chef at Placentia’s Salt & Ash, Storts puts his authentic and unique spin on American comfort food by adding originality to classics like Salt & Ash’s house burger, done up right with a pretzel bun that’s spread with onion jam, adding a sweet and salty twist to this American classic.
Chef Storts culinary experience began at the front of the restaurant, and after going through bypass surgery, he decided to explore behind the scenes of the kitchen. While in college, Storts started out as a theater major and traveled around the country as a European style clown in the Commedia dell’arte. Storts learned the aspects of the stage and how to put on a show—skills he brings to the kitchen.
Storts’ American comfort cuisine comes from his childhood experience growing up in Texas and Louisiana. “In general, food is food,” Storts said, “ Everywhere you go in the world, it’s just how they approach it. It’s the ingredients you use for that region that make it unique.”
Storts takes pride in creating approachable food with a big twist. For example, his Thai Balls dish he created while he was at Grits in Fullerton. This succulent dish was Storts twist on a Danish classic, mixed with some Vietnamese flare; starting with pancake balls topped with buttermilk-fried pork loin tossed in a mix of maple syrup, lime juice and fish sauce.
“What you end up with is a flavor you never had before,” Storts replied, “ Even though it’s completely simple, the idea of it all on one plate rocked everybody’s world.”
Storts style is unhinged and has invented creative brunch items at all restaurants he’s worked in, including Salt & Ash, such as his Deep Dish “Pan-Cake” and the Salmon and Crab Benny.
“I want to stand out so it’s approachable,” Storts said, “ I’m not trying to stand out in the world of James Beard and not be the best chef in the world and stand out as unique.”
Storts tries to cater to all kinds of customers besides the foodies. He wants the general public to come and enjoy his food just as much as we do.
Salt & Ash
1390 N Kraemer Blvd
Placentia, CA 92870
Get Your Tastebuds Ready, Chef Cody Storts is About to Take Them on a Ride