Joey Altman

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Joey Altman
Born United States
Education Sullivan County Community College
Culinary career

Joey Altman is an American chef, restaurateur, TV host and writer.

Personal history[edit]

Altman grew up in the Catskills in New York, where his mother worked at Grossinger's Catskill Resort Hotel. As a child he wanted to be a magician, a stunt man, musician or an actor.[1]

He earned a degree in hotel and restaurant management at the Sullivan County Community College in New York. | Family = Wife Jaemie Ballesteros Children Johanna Malaer, Caleb Malaer, and Piper Altman | Pets = Two Australian shepherds Charlie Altman and Ivan The Terrible Altman. One Siberian cat Calypso aka Cali | parents = Natalie Altman and Michael Altman | siblings = Ben Altman louis Altman

Altman is an avid blues guitarist, performing with the all-chef band "Back Burner Blues" for charity events.[2] He is married, has three children, and lives in San Francisco.


He trained under Chef Bernard Constantin at the Hotel Larivoire in Lyon, France, and also for Jean Brouilly at Tarare in Britany.[1] He worked at the Harvest Restaurant in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 1985 he moved to New Orleans, Louisiana to work for Emeril Lagasse at Commander's Palace.[1]

In San Francisco he worked for Jeremiah Tower at Stars and Taxi, and as a private chef at music promoter Bill Graham's concert venues, before gaining prominence as the opening chef at Miss Pearl's Jam House, a popular restaurant at the Phoenix Hotel in San Francisco's Tenderloin District. He owned and ran the Wild Hare Restaurant in Menlo Park, California from 1999-2003.[2] Beginning in 2002 Altman was spokesman for Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines, a wine division of Diageo.

Television career[edit]

Altman has hosted a number of television food shows. At the Food Network he hosted "Appetite for Adventure", which demonstrated outdoor travel cooking, and "Tasting Napa", a travelogue.[2] He was the host of "What's Cooking with Joey Altman" on Shop at Home Network. In 1998 he launched the long-running "Bay Cafe", which features on-location and in-studio cooking demonstrations with guest chefs from around the San Francisco Bay Area.[3]




  1. ^ a b c "Chef Joey Altman". Reluctant Gourmet. 
  2. ^ a b c "Joey Altman". Food Network. 
  3. ^ "Joey Altman". KRON. 
  4. ^ "Primary Source". 

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