Industry Credentials

Career Highlights

Personal Chef (Current "chefjono")
Self-Employed Personal Chef

ShaSha Bread Co. Inc. (1998-2005 Toronto)
Co-Founder of a new Organic Bakery that manufactures natural-sourdough gourmet bread products

Private Chef (1997-1998 Atlanta, Georgia, USA)
Contracted by the CEO of a major financial institution to provide custom catered meals for 2 to 200 people. Personally cooked and served ultra high-end gourmet meals at the Buckhead, Atlanta home.

Served as the «Major-Duomo», running the household, keeping the kitchen in shape, designing food and wine menus and hiring extra staff for large events.

Restaurant Experience (1979-1994 Toronto, Canada)

  • *Longo's Loft Cooking Series 2009 current
  • LCBO Cooking Class Summerhill, Maple, Brampton, the Kingsway, Bayview and Burlington.
    May 2006 -Subject: Australian Cuisine
  • Liaison College, Lakeshore Campus, May 2006
  • The Left Bank , Queen st. (so trendy it had no outdoor sign the first year)
  • Coco Lezzone, College st. (worked with infamous Toronto chef Freddy LoCicero on the opening day)
  • L'Eat Catering, Bathurst st. (Owner Tony Laschiavo)
  • Raclette Restaurant & Wine Bar, (specializing in Fondues & Raclette cheese)
  • Centro Grill, (the busiest & best ' grill & garnish' restaurant of the 90's)
  • Sharkey's on the Water , (two locations in Oakville and Burlington , with huge buffets)
  • Prego Della Piazza, (where the elite dine at Avenue & Bloor)
  • Cibos Ristorante (a tremendously busy 80's scene with an open kitchen)
  • Sperlings Fine Dining & Catering
  • Fenton's (with a staff of 90, a 'hotel without rooms' the leading edge in the 70's)

Culinary Accomplishments

  • Have assisted with classes at George Brown College on Artisan Sourdough Baking, and lectured at Niagara College on the, "History of Bread and current Artisan Baking."
  • Home classes are available on fresh pasta, fresh artisan bread and ethnic seasonings among others.
  • Have two Articles published in Food in Canada Trade magazine, April and May 2006
  • Beyond the Pale - Natural & Artificial Food Colouring in Canada and
    Going for the Gold - The Yukon Gold Potato and Guelph University.

Educational Accomplishments

  • 1988 Safety Course, Ontario Race Marshal Association, Mosport
  • 1983 Red Seal Chef's Certificate, Ministry of Education
  • 1975-77 Journalism Program, Centennial College, Warden Campus

Other Links

  • Culinary School
    CookStreet.com offers a wide variety of culinary courses for everyone from the aspiring professional chef, to the backyard grill master.
    http://www.cookstreet.com