Our mission at Social Oyster Bar is to bring the flavor, innovation, and elegance of the DC culinary experience to McLean, VA. Chef Gift Thongpukdee and Chef Jeff Barillo, have a unique culinary vision stemming from their classical french training, modernist cuisine edge, and culturally diverse backgrounds. Chef Jeff is a Northern Virginia native, born and raised in Centerville, VA. After graduating from L'academie de Cuisine in Gaithersburg MD, he went on to work under esteemed chefs such as Michele Richard at Central, and RJ Cooper at both Gypsy Soul and Rogue 24. Chef Gift began his culinary career in his native country of Thailand. Once he graduated, Gift moved to New Orleans where he furthered his culinary reach working at the Marriott on Canal St, he then moved to Washington, DC to persue his interest in modernist cuisine at Rogue 24.