Willie Degel is a serial entrepreneur, motivational speaker, founder & CEO of Uncle Jack’s and Jack’s Shack restaurants, and host of Restaurant Stakeout on The Food Network.
Born on September 1, 1967 in Queens, NY, William Jack Degel demonstrated his entrepreneurial skills early on when he helped with family finances by operating multiple newspaper routes and other service ventures. Degel started several successful business ventures before opening his first restaurant, Hollywood & Main in June 1990 in Flushing, Queens. Degel’s hands on management style and charismatic personality ensured his new restaurant’s success. His later restaurant ventures, Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse and Jack’s Shack Organic Eatery, have both achieved tremendous reviews and popularity since their inception.
Willie has since parlayed his culinary success into a successful TV career. He is the host of the Food Network’s wildly popular Restaurant Stakeout and a frequent guest on numerous primetime TV shows.