Willie Degel

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Willie Degel
Born William Jack Degel
(1967-09-01) September 1, 1967 (age 46)
Queens, New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Restauratuer, Entrepenuer, TV personality, Informant
Years active 1989-present

Willie Degel (born William Jack Degel on September 1, 1967)[1] is an entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of Uncle Jack's Steakhouse chain in New York City. He is best known as the host of Restaurant Stakeout on The Food Network.

Early life[edit]

Growing up in Queens, New York, Degel is the youngest of four brothers born to industrious parents and he developed his entrepreneurial spirit at an early age.[2][3]

As a young man Degel was involved in legal trouble and spent time in prison for credit card fraud. [4] Despite this, he has turned his life around; in 2005, he was named one of Crain's "40 under 40" entrepreneurs in New York City.[5]

Career and television[edit]

Degel opened his first restaurant, Hollywood and Main, in June 1990 in Flushing, Queens. Six years later, he created Uncle Jack's Steakhouse. Today, he owns three locations in New York City. As of March 12, 2012, Degel stars in his own show entitled Restaurant Stakeout. For the series, he goes behind the scenes of different restaurants across the country with hidden cameras to examine their service problems.[6][7] He is also the author of "Inside the Mind of a Serial Entrepreneur", published by HarperCollins in May 2012. Degel appeared in the 2nd episode of Breakthrough with Anthony Robbins. Restaurant Stakeout is now in its fourth season.


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