Informed by the Italian principle of “L'Arte D’Arrangiarsi”, the art of creating something from nothing, Chef Joey works magic with so little.
Less is so much more for this inventive chef. An alumnus of the Los Angeles branch of the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu cooking school, Chef Joey graduated with honors. It was an experience that really taught him how to infuse his own creativity into the most complicated recipes.
Italian on both sides of his family, he travels to Italy each year to expand his understanding of Italian cooking.
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Learn more about the Chef.
Chef Joey learned L'Arte D'Arrangiarsi — the art of creating something from nothing — from his Italian family while living in Italy. It's his way of expressing what it means to cook by feel, instinct, and momentary inspiration.
Chef Joey was born & raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, specifically, San Jose, an area most don't know was predominately developed by Italian immigrants during the late 19th & early 20th centuries. A second generation American, he has Italian heritage on both his mother & fathers paternal sides. With family ties to Taormina & Messina, Sicily, as well as Torino & Trieste far in the north, & family scattered elsewhere, as well as friends who may as well be family in Rome.
His love for cooking began as a small child; sitting on the kitchen counter "helping" his mother make chocolate chip cookies. As soon as he was capable, he began his culinary adventures on his own...even if it was a just box of Betty Crocker Blue Berry Muffin Mix at age 7 (hey, he did it himself....those picture instructions were fantastic). Chef Joey graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in Los Angeles, California with honors & hasn’t touched a box of muffin mix since.
Each year Chef Joey returns to Italy to visit with friends and family. While abroad he learns new skills, techniques, & dishes, in addition to bringing back inspiration that he then passes onto his clients.
Private Chef • Los Angeles, CA • May 2011 - present
Los Angeles, CA • 2010 - 2011
Donatella Versace • Paul Marciano • Jennifer Love Hewitt
Jessie Tyler Ferguson & Justin Mikita • Scott Cutler
Galit Laibow • Sarah Michelle Gellar
Deanna & Kenny Gravillis
Disney ABC • Equinox Gyms • Twitter, LA
Here is what they said about the Chef.
A wonderful job
Hi Joey. I wanted to thank you so much for such a wonderful job on Sunday. I can’t even tell you how many people thought the food and service was perfection. Having been a caterer for almost 15 years, I was truly happy with everything you did and your service. Thank you again. I wanted to give you wine but I didn’t have a chance to say goodbye. You also left ice cream in the freezer which I ate some of tonight. My husband thought you had such great energy as well and he doesn’t really talk like that. So thank you again.
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