Chef says Devon’s success due to fresh ingredients, interesting pairings

Devon Seafood and Steak Executive Chef Wesley Hellberg

Growing up in Lancaster County, Chef Wesley Hellberg learned to appreciate good food at a young age. And by the time he graduated from Johnson and Wales Culinary School in Rhode Is-land, he landed the Executive Chef position at Devon Seafood and Steak in 2009.

“It was a natural fit,” he says.

Located in downtown Hershey, Devon Seafood and Steak provides a unique blend of casual and chic in an up-scale atmosphere. In addition to premium seafood and prime cuts of steak, Devon offers an award winning wine list, signature cocktails and traditional martinis.

As Executive Chef, Hellberg adds his own flair to Devon’s traditional dishes by creating a new menu every day focusing on what fresh fish and beef is available. He says he switches menus to match the season and relies on local produce whenever he can.

“Right now I’ve added some menu selections that embody autumn,” says Chef Hellberg. “For example, a couple of the side dishes now on the menu are Brussel sprouts with prosciutto and wild mushroom risotto. For dessert lovers I’ve added a rum apple croustade.”

For beef lovers, Devon’s menu offers the ever popular filet mignon, ribeye, and strip steak, in addition to a 22 ounce porterhouse.

“We also offer the highly prized Wagyu, arguably the finest beef in the world,” says Chef Hellberg.

“Throughout the year, we host exclusive dinners, wine dinners, private parties and other special events,” says Chef Hellberg. “Our weekend a la carte brunch is especially popular, too.”

“A special dinner featuring Whiskies of the World and paired with appropriate dishes based on the region the whiskey is from will be held on Nov. 7,” says Chef Hellberg. “Reservations are required and the dinner is limited to 40 people.” A December wine dinner will also be held with a date to be announced. Looking ahead to spring, an outside patio area is also in the works.

Chef Hellberg attributes Devon’s success to fresh ingredients and interesting pairings. He says he is rewarded by satisfied guests who love the food and enjoy coming to Devon. “That makes my job worthwhile,” he says.  7

Devon Seafood & Steak is located at 27 W. Chocolate Ave., Hershey, PA 17033. Call 717-508-5460 for reservations.