“Daniel Boulud is like a father to me. I worked for him from ages 19-26. He made it possible for me to travel around the world and cement my craft, gave me my first Pastry Chef position and truly believed in me. When I was 25 he told me, 'Johnny, you will be a great Chef one day. As a Chef, others will look to you for guidance, mentorship, motivation and inspiration. Be sure to always make time for these people, do your best to be humble and never forget where you came from and how hard you worked to get to where you are today. Do your best to help others along the way.'„
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Chef and Owner
CITY GRIT Hospitality Group, CITY GRIT, Birds & Bubbles, Rise Gourmet Goods & Bakeshop
Executive Chef, Proprietor and Farmer
Mercantile dining & provision, Fruition Restaurant and Fruition Farms Dairy & Creamery
Chef / Partner
Lineage Restaurant, Island Creek Oyster Bar, Row 34 Fort Point, Row 34 Portsmouth
Professor of Culinary Arts and Food Science
Drexel University, Center for Hospitality and Sport Management
Master Sommelier, Director of Wine and Restaurant Operations
Union Square Hospitality Group