For a sophisticated date night, make reservations for dinner for two at Mancy’s Steakhouse at the Hancock Hotel. Mancy’s recently welcomed a new executive chef who is eager to “showcase his cooking style” for the Findlay community.
Meet Chef Daniels
Chef Jason Daniels has a passion for food. He credits his mother in part for sparking his early interest in cooking, but not because she was a good cook. “It was kind of out of self-defense,” he says, with a laugh.
Originally from Arkansas, Chef Daniels has over 20 years of experience in the culinary world, with stints in the South and on the East Coast. He most recently worked at The Inn at Willow Grove, a Forbes Four Star boutique property in Orange, Va.
Mancy’s nearly 100-year history and stellar reputation attracted him to the executive chef position in Findlay. “I’ve been in this business for 24 years and I’ve never met an owner as passionate about food as Mr. Mancy,” he said.
Chef Daniels also appreciated the beauty of the Hancock Hotel property and the friendliness of the Findlay community. “Downtown Findlay is fantastic, and I’ve been impressed by the generosity and welcome I’ve received from the people here,” he says.
Cooking up tasty dishes
As part of Mancy’s culinary team, Chef Daniels works with Toledo Executive Chef Michael Rosendaul to “enhance sides and sauces, introduce new specials, interactive desserts and brunch items while letting tried-and-true classics speak for themselves.”
According to Chef Daniels, he could never pick a favorite dish, saying it would be akin to a parent trying to pick a favorite child. “Every dish is unique and brings different challenges,” he says. “I enjoy the variety in the kitchen; one moment I could be cooking a steak or seafood and the next baking dessert.”
His advice for home cooks? Don’t be afraid to experiment because what’s the worst that can happen? “Follow your instincts and your taste, and adjust recipes as needed— you’ll learn as you go.”
Chef Daniels started at Mancy’s at the Hancock Hotel in February, and he is looking forward to the summer months ahead. “I want diners to come here and experience the quality they expect but also experience a little home away from home.”
Mancy’s Steakhouse at the Hancock Hotel offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch. Breakfast is served 6:30am-11am Monday through Friday, with brunch on Saturday and Sunday from
7am- 4pm. Lunch is served from Monday through Friday, 11am-2pm and dinner from Monday through Saturday, 5-10pm.
To make a reservation, visit hancockhotel.com/mancys-steakhouse.