About Us

Custom Culinary Connections / The Aczel Family


Jeffrey and Christy Aczel had a dream and then gained the courage to go for it! Early 2003 they started the process of starting their own business – one that will hopefully benefit many. They had two goals in mind – to spend more time as a family and to allow others to enjoy great food without all the hassles.

They obtained a special use permit for their property (zoned for agriculture) in Lanexa, VA and constructed a commercial kitchen on their property. The commute to work is literally a hop, skip and a jump away from their house.

Jeffrey and Christy Aczel are the owners and the chefs of Custom Culinary Connections and here’s a little about them.

Jeffrey Richard Aczel grew up in Danbury, CT in a family run Hungarian Restaurant, The Goulash Place. He was brought up to love food and entertaining customers. Ever since he was tall enough to see over the counter he enjoyed helping prepare and cook the food.

Jeffrey graduated from The Culinary Institute of America in 1992, worked at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton, FL, in Colonial Williamsburg at The Lodge and the Sportsman’s Grille. His latest position was with Old Dominion Clubs as the Executive Chef running Deer Run Grille, at Newport News Park, Blue Sky Cafe at the Newport News International Airport and Buckroe Beach Grille in Hampton.

Christy Lynn (Mistrik) Aczel grew up in Bridgewater, New Jersey. She also graduated from The Culinary Institute of America in 1992. She continued her education and graduated from Florida International University in Miami, FL in 1995 with a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management. She worked in FL as a Sous Chef while attending FIU.


After moving to Williamsburg, Christy worked at Kingsmill Resort in the Bray Dining Room for three years and then in Conference Sales for three years.

Jeffrey and Christy were married in 1997 and have two children, Andrew and Isabelle. Christy & Jeffrey are very involved in their parish at St. Olaf Catholic Church in Norge. They are also members of the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance, Williamsburg Restaurant Association  and the American Culinary Federation.

All Together with Chef Nick, Brock, Haley, Ryan, Kandy our office Manager and all of our great service staff, we look forward to working with you in the upcoming year!