After working his way from host to line cook in a popular Hackensack, NJ restaurant, Joe enrolled in the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY and graduated first in his class. A position at the Waldorf-Astoria landed him a fellowship, and eventually, Joe won numerous culinary competitions, co-founded two distinct food companies, and moved up to Executive Chef at various restaurants in Atlanta and New York City.
In February of 2004, Joe opened Corner Kitchen in Biltmore Village in Asheville. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and using local farmers, butchers, and food crafters to keep the food authentic, Corner Kitchen quickly became an institution in our little mountain city. Joe’s delicious food was in high demand for private parties, events, and weddings, so it was only natural to open Corner Kitchen Catering. The popularity of Corner Kitchen, spurred Joe and his business partner, Kevin Westmoreland, to open Chestnut in the heart of downtown Asheville at 48 Biltmore Avenue in 2012. While it is a little more formal, the restaurant’s “come as you are” hospitality puts guests at ease while they explore amazing hand-made cocktails, great food, and uncompromising service.
Both of Joe’s restaurants are on everyone’s “do not miss” list when visiting Asheville. To view menus and make reservations visit thecornerkitchen.com and chestnutasheville.com. Or let them bring their extraordinary food to you at cornerkitchencatering.com