Joe comes from an Italian family, so he was introduced to food and cooking at an early age. As a child he would spend time helping his mother in the kitchen as she prepared large traditional Italian meals for their family. This introduction to cooking would develop into a passion for creating exceptional food for friends and family and later on into his desire to be a chef.
This passion and desire inspired him to give up a successful career in the financial industry and to follow his dream to be a chef. He began that culinary journey by attending Platt Culinary Institute in Oklahoma where he graduated top of his class, with Highest Honors. Joe was recognized as the Student of the Quarter his last semester of school. His culinary career has consisted of working in everything from family-owned restaurants, to upscale “made from scratch kitchens”, to large hotels. All the while, Joe worked his way up from entry level kitchen positions to that of Executive Chef.