At that time, Chef's Corner was a new segment and I jumped at the chance of having another chef do some cooking for us. When I met him, I found out that he was originally fron Detroit, trained at Johnson and Wales and worked at the Fontainebleau in Miami before coming to Columbus.
John said he specialized in seafood, so we had him demonstrate how to filet a fish. He was great.
Since then, we've become friends and last year, after he finished cooking at the hotel, he came over for Thanksgiving dinner. I figured because it was his first year in Columbus, away from home, he could use a meal that he didn't have to cook. John didn't come empty-handed, either. He brought some of the yummiest desserts imaginable. I caught my sister hiding one of the tarts for "later."
Earlier this year, he lost his father and left Hilton Garden Inn. But he's working with Chef Maurice Martin at the Lewis Jones Food Market. The two of them are making some really good food.
Every Monday and Thursday, Maurice and John are conducting cooking classes at the Village Kitchen across the street from the grocery store. Classes are just $39.
Now, I found out that he was named the Professional Chef of the Year by his peers in the Chattahoochee Valley chapter of the American Culinary Federation.
Congratulations, my friend!