Chef Joe Ronan has been cooking long before the Foodnetwork made it cool to be a chef. Like so many others, he started his culinary career at the age of 13 as a dishwasher in a fine dining French restaurant. A year later he was thrown onto the cooking line. And as they say, the rest is history.
"Joechef" is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and attended Boston University for Hospitality Management. He is a Certified Executive Chef and has been a member of numerous culinary teams including the Culinary Olympics and was captain of our national culinary team at the Culinary World Championship.
As a journeyman chef, Joe has worked from coast to coast. He spent over a decade honing his craft the heart of Manhattan at establishments that include the Waldorf=Astoria, Tavern on the Green and the Plaza Athenee. He moved to Florida where he continued his career at The Breakers in Palm Beach.
Chef Ronan is married to a Pastry Chef and has 5 children, 4 girls and a boy. Joe jumped at the opportunity to join the Guy Harvey team in St. Augustine Beach. As the leader of the culinary team, he is the driving force behind the philosophy that he borrowed from the Ritz Carlton....."We are ladies and gentlemen serving ladies and gentlemen."
Hometown: Rye N.Y.
First Food Memory: Codoking by my Grandma's side
Something you'd rather make then buy: There is nothing better then fresh baked bread
Favorite Dish: Coq au Vin with Pomme puree
Favorite Beverage: Ice cold Water
Memorable Meal: I ate at the world famous Le Bernardin in NYC and quickly learned the difference between culinary excellence and foodservice perfection.
Favorite Cookbook: Julia Childs " Mastering the Art of French Cooking"
Celebrity Guest: The late great Tom Petty. I catered his twin girls college graduation party.