Chef Fred at Machodoc Creek Cafe

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Chef Fred and his delicious creations… where will he take our taste buds next?

Passion Turned Into Profession…

Chef Fred’s Story

“Hello my name is Fred. I am the Chef at Machodoc Creek Cafe.

I am excited to get to know everyone and along with Jeff and Marsha welcome everyone to the Café. Jeff and I had talked about what he wanted (vision) for the café, I wanted the position.

Let me take a moment to tell you why (I can ramble now). I am asked where I started out cooking, especially from cooks and chefs I have worked with. And I say, “a truck stop”. Yes, truck stop. Moving forward, later I was able to obtain a clearance from the Executive Chef at New England Culinary Institute in Vermont to move into the accelerated program at the school.

The culinary school asked me to intern at an establishment in northern California called Domaine Chandon in Yountville, California. Now other interns that were sent were either sent back or fired. The Chef was a French tyrant. I wanted the position. I have worked in great cities, Napa, San Francisco, and Hershey Pennsylvania.

The Dahlgren community is making me feel welcomed more than ever before. We welcome you to stop by the Cafe, say hello, and try some great food.” – Chef Fred Leach

Recent Creations!


Blackened Rockfish Tacos with Chef Fred’s homemade Pineapple/Mango Salsa, Cajun Shrimp Street Tacos and other fresh fish taco creations.


BBQ Chicken Flatbread topped with tomato, red onion and melted cheddar cheese and others flatbread dishes starting at $9.95.

Sandwiches / Soups

Roast Beef with cheddar, tomato, lettuce, horseradish aioli and balsamic bacon red onion jam on sourdough bread and more. Stop in for lunch in King George, Va.!

“Food is essential to life, therefore, make it good.” – Anonymous

Chef Fred Leach

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