Chef Andrew Gruel: “I’m Not an Asshole. Gavin Newsom Is.”
Chef Andrew Gruel just might be the patron saint of restaurateurs, small-business owners, and service workers during the pandemic. He’s the founder and owner of Slapfish, a growing national fast-casual restaurant chain based in Huntington Beach, California. He’s a widely recognized culinary innovator and familiar face on the Food Network and other cooking channels.
Over the past year, Gruel has also gained prominence as an unabashed critic of arbitrary rules that put business owners like him at the beck and call of hypocritical politicians such as California Gov. Gavin Newsom. Most famously, in an absolutely inspired rant that went viral on social media last December, Gruel listed all the ways in which California’s ban on outdoor dining made no s
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