Jake Wood

18 Seaboard | Raleigh, NC

A native to Apex and with family roots invested in North Carolina, Jake Wood’s passion for food was influenced by his grandparents and the state’s rich agricultural traditions.

With inspiration from his family, Jake embarked on a culinary career in Raleigh, which started at 42nd Street Oyster Bar. He began shucking oysters and eventually worked his way up to more important roles in the kitchen. Chef David Greenwell mentored Jake and was an advocate of him moving on to the next stages of his career. Jake then went on to become the Head Sushi Chef at The Cowfish in Raleigh, and soon after developed the food program for Raleigh Raw as the Executive Chef. Currently, Jake serves as the Chef de Cuisine at 18 Seaboard and works with Executive Chef and Owner Jason Smith to push the envelope of fine dining and southern cuisine. He began working with 18 Seaboard in June 2017.

Jake strives for his cuisine to be modern interpretations of traditional methods and techniques. His ultimate goal is to create a culinary concept where his family’s recipes and traditions will be resurrected with a seasonal emphasis. Jake is an advocate of working with youth and the community, and recently received the opportunity to reimagine the school lunch program with the NCPTA.

Jake and his wife Brandi have a beautiful 6-year-old daughter named Breanna Leigh. Jake and his family hope to share their concepts with the community and beyond very soon!