HEAD COOK: Jonathan Scinto
COMPETITION: World Seafood Championship
Jonathan Scinto is a Private Chef & TV Personality. Jonathan was born to an Italian Jewish family in Queens, New York. While, most toddlers were watching Sesame Street, Jonathan watched Julia Child and Emeril. His mother Alison allowed him to experiment in the kitchen using the blender to make crazy concoctions, scrambling eggs on the floor and even practicing his knife technique on his parent’s new vinyl chairs. The love of food was evident to his mom and dad.
The Long Island native utilizes rustic Italian flavors and Asian influences to create what Chef Jonathan calls “Itasian”, a fusion of Italian and Asian cuisines. When Newsday asked Chef Jonathan about his cooking style he told the journalist that he relies on his design knowledge to create plates of art work. “You eat with your eyes, then your mouth, so it’s important to grab your attention at first site then first bite, I don’t believe in using pre-made ingredients, I use only the freshest herbs and spices for my clients to achieve my #boldassflavors”.
After graduating college with a BFA degree from NYIT Jonathan was hired by Post Perfect to work in their Catering/Client Services department working with such A-list clients like, HBO's Sopranos, Sex & the City, Back Street Boys, O-Town, Mariah Carey, Linkin Park and Alicia Keys to name a few. In 2003, Chef Jonathan opened up a café with his father on Long Island, which was one of the 1st to focus on farm fresh and scratch made ingredients.
After several years as a restaurant owner and working for a local culinary school, Jonathan’s wife Annmarie told him about the audition for MasterChef in NYC. She knew he wanted to get his love of food in front of larger audience and be able to entertain. Annmarie said in a recent interview “Of course they would pick my husband, he’s a natural in front of the camera and people can relate to him, he brings an authentic freshness to TV that is missing on all the food shows today”.
As a national TV Personality, Jonathan has been seen on numerous cooking and network TV shows like, MasterChef 6, Food Network Chopped, Travel Channel Best In Food, Amazon Studios Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, FOX’s Blacklist: Redemption and Cooking Segments for News 12 to name a few. The Food Network handpicked Chef Jonathan to compete in “Iron Chef Showdown”: Battle Autumn Bounty hosted by Alton Brown for the 10 Anniversary at NCWFF.
Jonathan is a 2 time “Taste of America” champion in Seafood representing all of NY. You will find him competing at the World Food Championships and several other culinary competitions yearly for Chef’s Roll, Barilla Pasta and Avocados from Mexico, where he has finished as a finalist several times. He was recently nominated for Best of Long Island in the Chef Category for 2018 by the Long Island Community.
Jonathan is an Ambassador for Certified Hereford Beef, Happy Chef, Bedlam Vodka, Mie Radici, BigFrig Coolers, Toma Artisinal Bloody Mary Mix and several other National Brands.
He’s had several articles published in Entrepreneurial Chef Magazine, Newsday, Long Island Herald, Culination Magazine and LI Business News. He believes in giving back to his community and works with non-profit organizations helping them raise awareness for Mental Illness, Cancer and Children related causes.
You can catch up with Jonathan by following him on his social media @chefjonathans for all of his news and events. Jonathan is the owner of Chef Jonathan’s Private Parties & Events. He lives on Long Island, NY and is married to Annmarie, they have 3 daughters.