Chef Jason Bostaph began working in the restaurant industry in 1996 at the age of 15. Since then he has cooked in over a dozen restaurants and hotels in Delaware, Maryland & Pennsylvania. He owned and operated Buntings Popcorn Station on Garfield PKWY in Bethany Beach from 1999- 2002 before selling the business to attend Culinary School at Pennsylvania Culinary Institute in Pittsburgh. He graduated in 2004 and with his degree he worked in several Chef positions honing his skills in Delaware before accepting the Executive Chef position at both the Addy Sea Bed & Breakfast and the Café 26 in 2010.
In 2013, he was awarded “Best Chef” from Coastal Style Magazine. In 2015, he was awarded the “Culinary Genius” title for the northeast region in a nationwide competition for Food Fanatics Magazine as well as taking 1st place in the Battle at the Beach Cook-off, benefitting Meals on Wheels.
In 2017, Café 26 was awarded “Best American Restaurant Downstate” from Delaware Today. In 2018, Café 26 became the first restaurant in the history of that publication to be nominated for five “Best Of” categories including: “Best Chef”, “Best American Restaurant”, “Best Restaurant Downstate”, “Best Restaurant in Ocean View, Delaware” and “Best Romantic Restaurant”.
In 2018, he passed the Executive Chef position to Chef Donna Shea in order to focus completely on weddings and events at the Addy Sea Bed & Breakfast.
Since 2010, Chef Bostaph’s recipes and interviews have been published in Coastal Point, Cape Gazette, Delaware Today, The Washington Post, Coastal Style, The Metropolitan Magazine, Delaware Seaside Bride, Beach Life and others.