Growing up, Joe's dad was a butcher at the local grocery store, which was a real spark into the culinary world for Joe. His father used to teach him about different animals, cuts of meat and how to butcher. Joe studied at Newbury College, graduating with a Culinary Arts degree in 2001. While in school he studied a variety of different styles of cooking but found that his true passion was in French style cooking. One of his first jobs was at the Armani Café where he got his first taste of fine dining and hasn't looked back since. His life moved him to Portsmouth, NH and then eventually to Portland, ME. It was during his time in Portland where he started to spread his wings technically and started to push the envelope with his creativity. He became the Executive Chef at Mims Brasserie, a well-known French restaurant in Portland at the time. It was during his time in Portland that he gained a large appreciation for fresh, local ingredients, working closely with farmers and foragers who would visit his restaurant daily with their fresh products. Joe met his wife, Amanda, at a steak house in downtown Portland and would eventually move back to Massachusetts before starting a family and starting a restaurant of their own. It has always been a dream of Joe's to own his own restaurant where he can bring farm fresh ingredients and transform them into dishes that he is passionate about.