Jeremy Cook really wanted to be a comic-book artist.
He even attended Columbus College of Art and Design to hone his illustration skills.
A Batman fanatic, he dreamed about working at DC Comics.
“I could have been mopping their floors for all I cared,” he said.
But food started to interest him more.
These days, his creativity is on each plate that leaves the kitchen at Hubbard Grille. Cook, the executive chef of the Short North restaurant, is now a contributor to Food & Wine.
Hubbard Grille, 793 N. High St., is an upscale casual American bistro. Cook said he tries to make every dish both visually appealing and appetizing.
“I’m still an artist,” he said. “I’ve never stopped being an artist. I just switched mediums.”
Cook, 33, said he got his first restaurant gig at 15, busing tables. He moved his way up on the local restaurant scene, working at such popular restaurants as Barrio, Z Cucina and Barcelona, and Tasi Cafe.
He joined Hubbard Grille about a year ago.
Comic books are still a passion for Cook, but he no longer has the desire to seek a job in the industry.
“I still collect comics to this day but I don’t think I’ll ever pursue a comic-book career,” he said.
For many chefs, the spotlight beckons.
Shows such as Chopped, Master Chef and the Food Network Star have given the regular chefs from smaller markets a shot at being on national TV.
Cook, however, said he’s not interested.
“It’s just not me,” he said. “I’m not really about being in the forefront.”