If you’re one of the many, many people who have stopped by Industrial Revolution in Valparaiso and enjoyed some of the amazing dishes they feature, then you may have sampled food created by an artist.
Shane Camp has worked as lead chef for the popular local eatery for the last two years, but says it wasn’t his first time manning the kitchen there.
“I actually worked here for a year when they first opened,” said Camp, who left to work as the executive chef at a few other restaurants before returning to Industrial Revolution, a place he considers home.
“I really enjoy working here,” said Camp. “The owners are great, it’s a very friendly, fun place to work. I’m glad to be back.”
Born and raised in Gary, Indiana, Camp, who currently lives in Valparaiso with his wife and son, says that cooking runs in his blood.
“My mom was a chef. I started cooking with her when I was young. She taught me a lot and I enjoyed it so much that I decided to make a career out of it.”
Camp says that it’s tough to pick a favorite item from the many delicious offerings available at Industrial Revolution, but if he could only pick one, it would be the Industrial Burger, a Cajun seasoned patty, covered with pepper jack cheese, caramelized onions, jalapeños and spicy chipotle mayo, served on a patio bun.
“It’s awesome! I really enjoy that one, but I also enjoy making the specials because I get to do something different, something that’s a little out-of-the-box, like the Buffalo Mac & Cheese,” he said. “We start with bow tie pasta. We cut that with buffalo sauce, then we add fried tenders, also rolled in buffalo sauce and add cream cheese and green onions on top. It’s delicious, and really a lot of fun to make,” said Camp.
When he’s not busy in the kitchen at Industrial Revolution, making sure that the back of the house runs smoothly, Camp likes to indulge his artistic side, working in various mediums.
“Charcoal, carved wood, glass, steel, pen, pencils, paintbrush... you name it. If I have something to work with, I’m going to try to find some way to turn it into art.”
Shane says he is inspired by the work of Salvador Dali, and even has an original work by the artist.
“It’s hard to describe. It’s an elephant, but it has giraffe legs, like bamboo. All brass, handmade by Dali. I have all the paperwork and everything. It’s my prized possession,” Camp said with a smile. “They were characters, both he and his wife. I love his artwork, I love surrealism.”
Camp is glad to call Industrial Revolution home.
“We do a lot of business here. I’ve never been the type to shy away from work. I like staying busy, like the team we have here and I just really think it’s a good fit.”
For more information about Industrial Revolution, visit them on the web at http://www.industrialrevolutioneatery.com/ or just stop in, and be sure to give your compliments to the chef!