Chef John is something of a trendsetter. His brewpub, Highland Brewing Co., opened in Atlanta in 1989—long before the craft beer boom of the 1990s and 2000s!
Chef John has worked as a pastry chef, sous chef, and executive chef throughout his career, including a stint at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. He also opened a small bread business that specialized in organic sourdough bread that he sold at farmer’s markets.
Chef John is an Certified Executive Pastry Chef® and Certified Culinary Educator®. He holds an associate degree from the Culinary Institute of America and a degree in Traditional Economics from S.U.N.Y. Oneonta.
And as a bread-and-pastry guy, he’s made many pilgrimages to Vienna. In fact, he’s led nine group trips to the city to sample viennoiserie from its namesake city.
Fermenting (vegetables, hot sauce), woodworking, gardening, and collecting vinyl records.