About Us

Bark is the chef driven and environmentally mindful American fast casual restaurant from chef/owner Joshua Sharkey. Opened in Brooklyn in 2009, the idea was simple: make American fast food better.

For lot’s of fun facts, anecdotes, and updates, check out our BLOG and Newsletter

Joshua Sharkey

Bark-255Chef / Founder

Josh spent the first 10 years of his professional life working in the fine dining restaurant world under some of the best chef’s in America and over seas.  After graduating from Johnson and Wales University, he began an apprenticeship in Norway under chef and Bocuse d’or winner Terje Ness at 2 Michelin starred Oro in Oslo.

He then came to New York City where he worked under Chefs  David Bouley, Floyd Cardoz, Rick Moonen, and his greatest mentor, chef Gray Kunz of Cafe Gray.

Motivated by a lack of really tasty food in a casual setting, Josh made it his goal to change the perception of Fast Food in America.  He decided, the only way to do that was not to compromise quality in any part of the process.  He uses the same great ingredients and techniques from time in the fine dining world, and accesses the same amazing local farmers and producers, to create an altogether new and exciting dining experience. Isn’t it great to finally feel good about eating fast food!

 

Derek Shriftman

Director of Operations

Derek has been cultivating his passion for food and cooking since he was a teenager after helping his family organize and prep for elaborate New York Giants tailgates and other family functions.  After graduating from Syracuse University, Derek briefly worked in television production working on shows airing on the Food Network.  With the desire to sharpen his kitchen talents and forge a career in the hospitality industry, Derek enrolled in the French Culinary Institute and graduated with distinction.  Immediately after graduating, he began working at the critically acclaimed restaurant, Oceana, under Executive Chef Ben Pollinger, where he progressed through all of the stations of the kitchen in his two years working the line.  He then worked under Executive Chef Dan Kluger, to help to open the award-winning ABC Kitchen with Jean Georges as part of the opening team of line-cooks.

After these incredible experiences and with the encouragement of his now mentor, Chef Dan Kluger, Derek began to pursue his long-held entrepreneurial ambitions and make the transition toward working within restaurant operations and business development.  After a year and half of working for ‘wichcraft by Tom Colicchio in management, Derek found his way to BARK.  Derek is grateful and excited to join Josh and to help elevate BARK to new heights.

Paul Defusco

Paul DefuscoChef / Culinary Pro

A Rhode Island native, Paul has been cooking in and out of kitchens since graduating high school in 2005. He has had the pleasure of working in a variety of places and learning from some of the esteemed chefs and cooks of Portsmouth, NH, Boston, MA, and St. Paul, MN. His favorite food to cook is pasta and in his down time he enjoys playing the guitar and the occasional chess game.

 

Eli Cohn-Wein

photo 1General Manager – Park Slope, Brooklyn

Eli has loved food since he tasted his first buffalo wing, which legend tells us was before he could walk. Originally from Rochester, New York, Eli spent time as a teacher and a Jewish youth educator before coming to work for Bark as a line cook at our pop-up location on The Highline in the summer of 2012. His passion for great food, great service, and ethical cooking has helped him rise quickly through the ranks here at Bark, working every position at the restaurant before becoming General Manager of our Park Slope location.

When he is not at Bark Eli can be found spending time with his fiancée Leslie and continuing on his never-ending quest to find the best taco in New York.

Devin Peyrefitte

photo 2Production Manager

Hailing from the beautiful country of  Belize, Devin is cranking out great food on the daily in the prep kitchen.

When he’s not cooking at Bark, he spends his time as a highly regarded DJ of the in-depth world of Carribean Music.