Hot Chef: Brett Naylor gets his hands dirty at Oyster House

Brett Naylor of Oyster House is a shucking specialist.
Brett Naylor of Oyster House is a shucking specialist.

After giving the food at Urban Outfitters headquarters a fresh, healthy spin and enjoying a stint cooking at Tria, Brett Naylor landed at the popular Oyster House last May. We caught up with the South Philly chef and learned about his bicoastal vacations, how his young son influences where the family hangs out and, of course, what’s new at Oyster House.

Oyster House is hosting an oyster shucking competition April 6. What will that be like?
We invited a whole lot of amateur shuckers, shuckers from all over the city. There will be competitions for who’s the fastest, the cleanest and the overall best shucker. The whole dining room fills up with customers for a few hours and it gets super loud in there. And you get to meet people who are into oysters, so it’s awesome.

You’re approaching your first anniversary at Oyster House. Any celebration plans?
My wife and I just went to San Francisco for a week, so we’ll call that my celebration. We ate at a ton of different places. The restaurants and the big outdoors were so inspiring. Plus, the whole time we were there it was 75 degrees and sunny.

Do you go to the shore in the summer?
Oh yeah, we always go down in the summer to hang out. We have a 2-year-old son who loves the ocean and the sand. One of my favorite things is going down the shore and eating on the dock. There are a couple places we like. There’s Mike’s Seafood, which might be in Sea Isle [City]. It’s right on the bay and there are boats all around. We go there pretty religiously.

When you’re down there, you’re not cooking?
No way. I rarely cook on vacation!

Are your going-out habits different now that you have a young son?
Well, we don’t go out in the city all that much. It’s really just a question of how valuable our time is. My son can only really last in a restaurant for about a half hour. He cooks with us at home a lot, though. He helps clean veggies and stirs things.

Where do you take him when you go out?
We like to go to Morris Arboretum or Longwood Gardens, go hiking maybe. Or we’ll go to flea markets. We just try to maximize our days off when we can.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

OkCupid admits to Facebook-style experimenting on customers

By Sarah McBrideSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - OkCupid, a top U.S. matchmaking website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said on…

Local

MTA fares still increasing 4 percent in newly…

The agency said the 4 percent increases, previously announced in December, will remain steady even as the MTA deals with increasing labor costs.

Local

De Blasio, Bratton defend city's efforts after Eric…

Mayor Bill de Blasio justified the city's response to the death of Eric Garner, a Staten Island man who died while in police custody earlier this month.

National

PHOTO: New Zealand Heral uses wrong image to…

The New Zealand Herald made a terrible mistake of using the wrong image to illustrate the tragic death of Staff Sergeant Guy Boyland – a New Zealand-born Israeli soldier who…

Movies

Interview: Brendan Gleeson on the way 'Calvary' depicts…

Brendan Gleeson talks about how his new film "Calvary" began over drinks and how his character here is the opposite of the lead in "The Guard."

Movies

'Get on Up' producer Mick Jagger on the…

Mick Jagger, a producer on the James Brown biopic "Get on Up," talks about the time had to tell the singer some bad news and his favorite JB record.

Television

'Glee' star Lea Michele to appear on 'Sons…

"Glee" star Lea Michele has been confirmed as a guest star in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy."

Television

TV watch list, Monday, July 28: 'The Bachelorette'…

See Andi Dorfman make her big choice on tonight's 'Bachelorette' finale.

NFL

Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.

NFL

Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

MLB

Joe Torre: I'm in Hall of Fame because…

Joe Torre spent 18 years putting together a near Hall of Fame career as a player. But it was the 12 years he spent as…

Travel

Glasgow: Hey, hey, the gangs aren't here

This European city has done a good job getting rid of its more violent residents and revitalizing with artists.

Education

Babson College tops list of best colleges for…

Money magazine has just released its inaugural list of "The Best Colleges for Your Money" -- and the answers have surprised many. Babson College, which…

Education

NYC teens learn how to develop apps during…

Through a program sponsored by CampInteractive, the high schoolers designed their own community-focused apps.

Tech

The Ministry of Silly Walks app is both…

Monty Python have dug into their back catalogue for cash-ins once more, but with the Ministry of Silly Walks app, they've made something that's fun too.