Joe started working in restaurants in 1977. His first job was as a Host and then as a Cook at a very busy Houlihan’s Old Place in Hackensack, New Jersey. In 1987, Joe entered the Culinary Institute of America, in Hyde Park, NY.
After graduation Joe was given a fellowship at The Culinary Institute’s Escoffier Room Restaurant. Then Joe became the Executive Sous chef at the prestigious Cherokee Town and Country Club.
In the following years leading up to opening Corner Kitchen, Joe held Executive Chef positions at Indigo Coastal Grill, The Druid Hills Golf Club in Atlanta as well as the United Nations in New York City.
Joe is the Chef/Owner of two of Asheville’s most distinctive and popular food operations: Corner Kitchen, and Chestnut. Corner Kitchen opened its doors in February 2004 and Chestnut in September 2012.
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