As culinary school continues to crank out top performers in this ever growing industry, Chef Joe Johnson continues to stay steps ahead of the new comers. Choosing the Culinary Institute of America as his top choice for the perfect culinary education, and also working in highly praised restaurants such as Centro Vinoteca and Tribeca Grill with some of the industries leading chefs, I recently got a chance to catch up with my fellow CIA alumni, fresh off of his win from Bravo TV's new hit show "Roccos Dinner Party". Chef Rocco Dispirito and his highly successful friends have a weekly dinner party, where 2 chefs compete to throw the best dinner party, food and decor included and also a top prize of winning $20,000. Check out my interview with my fellow CIA alumni, chef, and friend after the jump...
CS- Where did you get your education?
Chef JJ- I did the bachelors program at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York
CS- Where have you gotten experience from?
Chef JJ- My externship, I completed at Tribeca Grill. From there I have gained experience at JANE restaurant, Neptune Room, Centro Vinoteca, and I am now Executive Sous Chef for an executive dining facility
CS- Out of all your past experiences which of them has shaped you into Chef JJ?
Chef JJ- Its Culinary Artistry written by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page
CS- How does life influence your style of cooking?
CS- Whats the 1 ingredient we wont find in your cooking?
Chef JJ- I dont know but I do love lemon zest.
CS- I feel like there are pro's and con's to going to culinary school. Do you think culinary school is important?
CS- Where do you dine when you want a never fail meal?
Chef JJ- I dine at
CS- The presence of Chef Rocco Dispirito and Chef Marcus Samuelson must have been heavy. How did you feel as they raised their glasses and toasted to your big win?
CS- What can viewers, readers, and fans watch out for next from Chef JJ?
Chef JJ- Im w