At The Town Company, charming, yet inventive fare is brought to life by executive chef Johnny Leach and sous chef Jay Ferries. Ferries and Leach’s dynamic is built on balance: they complement each other through the execution of their unique menu visions. As Leach’s right-hand man, Ferries’ assistance helps center the team’s craft.
Throughout Ferries’ career, he’s taken chances and succeeded because of the rich relationships he’s built along the way. Ferries’ pivotal experiences cooking in Portland sparked his excitement for the farm-to-table experience and brought him in connection with Leach. His residency in Pacific Northwest restaurants like Clyde Common allowed Ferries to devote time and energy into his passion and inspired him to pursue it more seriously. In Portland, Ferries learned about the farm-to-table movement and its impact on the industry. He experienced the beauty and rarity of being able to request a crop to be grown exclusively for him to work with.
As the concept for The Town Company blossomed, Ferries knew that it would forever change the landscape of the city’s culture. Beyond a culinary endeavor, Ferries sees the emergence of The Town Company as a new beginning in Kansas City. From the restaurant’s origination, the role Ferries has played has been one he’s dreamt of throughout his career.