Cooking is what he loves to do, with a smile

by Betty Wrenn Day - Posted on Jul 31, 2019 - 01:14 PM

Photo: When you are attending a function at Moody’s Event Center, Executive Chef Jeffrey Scott will be in the kitchen preparing his special dishes. Photo by Betty Wrenn Day

When you are attending a function at Moody’s Event Center, Executive Chef Jeffrey Scott will be in the kitchen preparing his special dishes. Photo by Betty Wrenn Day

You see the sign in big letters posted above the glass front of Moody’s Event Center in White Marsh Shopping Center. Open the doors and you find owner Gerald Moody ready to greet you. Step into the kitchen and there is Jeffrey Scott, doing what he does best—cooking. With a smile.

After doing comedy shows for years in other locations Moody, a native of Lancaster, decided it was time to have his own place. When the opportunity arose in 2018, his dream came true at this George Washington Memorial Highway location. It’s the second business he and his wife Sabrina operate in Gloucester. They also own Moody’s Barber Shop and Salon. 

The center provides a venue for large or small gatherings up to 225 people. “We give full catering service or you can bring your own caterer. Knowing food was important to the operation we serve Sunday lunch from 1 to 5 p.m., specializing in country foods. I usually do the fried chicken, fried fish and potato salad (a secret of cooking he keeps to himself). But my chef Jeffrey Scott does everything else. We shop for as much local fresh foods that we can obtain. I still do my comedy shows when we have no event scheduled. My wife has been a great help and pitches in when needed. We’ve had a great year.”

Jeffrey Scott had known Moody for a long time and had assured Moody when he opened his business he would join him. This he has done. When asked who was the boss of the kitchen when both were working at the same time, Moody said, “ask the chef.” When asked with a glitter in his eyes and a big smile, Scott replied, “I am.”

Scott says he started out as a dishwasher but always knew he loved to cook. “One day the chef went home for a minute and said to me that if anything came up just tell them the chef went home. Well, someone came in and wanted a hamburger and asked if I would fix it for him. I did and he loved it. When the chef returned I told him what I had done and he asked how it was. When a job came up for another chef, he gave it to me. I’m one of four boys and my mother was determined we were all going to be able to cook. We spent a lot of time in her kitchen.”

Later in his career Scott worked with a French chef and later with a German chef “who took me under his wing. I had always wanted to go to culinary school but he insisted he could teach me the very things I needed to know as long as I loved to cook, and emphasized cooking comes from the heart. I learned so much from him that while working at the Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg, I used to show some of the chefs there how it should be done.”

After marrying, Jeffrey’s wife encouraged him to go to culinary school. He did and today he owns his own business, Scott’s Catering, is  Executive Chef at Moody’s Event Center, and does all the cooking at home practicing what his German chef friend had stressed. “I’m cooking with love as I love to cook,” Scott said.