About the Chef
Clint Neel was born and raised here in Tazewell, Virginia graduating from Tazewell High School in 1997. He attended Sullivan University in Louisville, Kentucky and graduated Cum Laude in 2000 with an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts.
After returning to Tazewell, Clint worked for various restaurants in the area until he opened his own personal chef business in 2001. Word of his services spread and business increased which resulted in numerous requests for large parties. In early 2002 he started construction on a commercial kitchen and in September 2002 the catering division of Your Grate Escape was born.
Clint has served on the Board of Directors of the Tazewell Area Chamber of Commerce from 2003 – 2005. In 2004 he received an “Alumni Award” from Southwest Virginia Community College. He also enjoys volunteering and donating to charities in the community.
In 2016, Clint Neel was voted Top Chef in the Chefs Battle Child Abuse charity dinner at the Chuck Mathena Center in Princeton, WV, preparing a braised pork loin, savory wild mushroom bread pudding and thyme & mustard mashed potatoes.
About the Company
Your Grate Escape has catered lavish parties for as many as 500 down to a small intimate anniversary dinners for two. Functions such as wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, baby or bridal showers, reunions and even company picnics are just a few examples of what we can do. Notable guests at past parties include actress Bo Derek, country music star Clay Walker, former Kentucky governor Paul Patton, former Vice-President Dan Quayle, Virginia Delegates Rick Boucher and Will Morefield, and Virginia gubernatorial candidate Jerry Kilgore.
Your Grate Escape was bestowed in 2005 with the honor of being a member of the “Better Business Bureau” with a A+ rating, their highest honor. Clint and his employees take great pride in this since it has taken a lot of hard work and determination to receive this recognition.