Photo of ribbon cutting at Jake's at the Mill in Amherst, with Alex and his business partner, Chris.

Alex Washut '01 (center) and business partner Chris Ware (right) celebrating their Grand Ribbon Cutting Event for their second restaurant, Jake's at the Mill in the Mill District of North Amherst. After seven years of owning and operating Jake's Northampton they decided to expand to Amherst and be a part of the new and exciting development of the Mill District in Amherst.
 
Alex on his PVPA experience: "PVPA taught me how to express myself, to be focused, how to be disciplined in a craft and able to apply that into my cooking career and invoke that same passion I had for playing music in the kitchen. I felt that was a pretty profound part of my experience."