Chef Joe Youkhan - Food Network Chopped Champion

Chef Joe Youkhan is a seasoned culinary artist and crowned champion of Chopped, the popular high-stakes cooking competition show of the Food Network. With outstanding culinary expertise and precision, Chef Joe brings a unique personal touch to delicious global cuisine. Comfort food meets fine dining in his mouth-watering creations, offering guests a truly extraordinary epicurean experience ignited by his passion and love for food. Today, Chef Joe delights patrons near and far through his culinary companies, Chef Joe Youkhan’s Tasting Spoon and Aussie Pie Kitchen - where he combines his extensive catering background and zeal for food to create magnificent and personalized menus.

Tapping into his natural instincts and roots in a food-centric family, Chef Joe switched gears from his successful career with motorcycles to follow his passion for food. He joined the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel culinary team. Chef Joe left the Ritz-Carlton as the Executive Chef of the Special Events/Catering Division to serve as the Executive Chef at Chat Noir in Costa Mesa before his appointment to Corporate Executive Chef, responsible for multiple locations.

Now a thriving entrepreneur, Chef Joe founded Chef Joe Youkhan's Tasting Spoon in 2010. He offers full-service catering for events of all kinds. The Tasting Spoon also operates a gourmet food truck offering Italian comfort street food.

In 2014, Chef Joe partnered with his mates to open Aussie Pie Kitchen, where the traditional Aussie Pie has been re-imagined into remarkable savory pies in a variety of flavors and paired with gourmet sides. Aussie Pie Kitchen currently has two locations in Santa Monica and Inglewood (near LAX).

In addition, Chef Joe remains available for conducting personalized, fun, interactive cooking classes and consulting services with both new and existing restaurant concepts.

Chef Joe pulls from his exposure to a variety of cultures, his Classic French techniques and his incredible palette to create exciting, memorable cuisine.  He loves to share his passion for food with his guests and both companies hold a 4.5 star rating on Yelp with hundreds of reviews. 

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