John Mitzewich

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John Mitzewich
Born John Armand Mitzewich
(1963-07-11) July 11, 1963 (age 55)
Clifton Springs, New York
Education AAS Culinary Arts/Chef Training
Spouse(s) Michele Manfredi
Culinary career

John Armand[1] Mitzewich (born July 11, 1963), famously known as "Chef John", is an American chef, video blogger and YouTube personality, who publishes instructional cooking videos on the video blog Food Wishes, as well as on a YouTube channel by the same name. Chef John also contributes eCookbooks, recipes and videos to the online food network His video recipes have over 500 million views on YouTube. He has also authored a cookbook for Parragon Publishing entitled, "America's Family Favorites: The Best of Home Cooking".[2] In 2011, he won the Taste TV Tasty Awards "Best Home Chef in a Series".[3]


John Mitzewich graduated from Paul Smith's College, New York, in 1983. He received an Associate of Applied Science Degree, with Honors, in Culinary Arts/Chef Training, and was also honored as the school's 1983 "Outstanding Chef Training Student.".[4] He "held just about every position possible in the food industry" including Executive Sous Chef at the Carnelian Room, Sous Chef at Ryan's Café, and Garde Manger at the San Francisco Opera. Chef John was a Chef Instructor at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco for five years before leaving to focus on teaching people to cook online.[4]


Perhaps uniquely among Internet food writers, each of Mitzewich's recipes is split between the blog and the video instructions on his YouTube channel, with the exact written ingredient amounts and background information about the recipe being posted on the blog, and the method for preparing the recipe not being written but instead explained through the video on YouTube (which contrariwise does not typically describe the exact amounts of all ingredients). As of October 15 2017, Mitzewich has over 2 million subscribers to his YouTube channel foodwishes with a half billion views. Mitzewich has a content partnership deal with YouTube.[2]

A differentiating aspect of Mitzewich's videos on YouTube is his way of filming. He deliberately keeps himself out of the shot, only displaying utensils, ingredients and his hands. He later records a narration of the video and overlays his voice recording on the video.[5][edit]

After acquired the Food Wishes blog site in August 2011, Chef John has contributed recipes to The acquisition was a move by towards making a bigger contribution to the online food video space.[6] He currently stars in Allrecipes newest eCookbook, "Chef John's Best Dishes."


  1. ^ "Middle name Tweet". 24 November 2017. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b Stacy Fins (13 January 2011). "YouTube viewers turn chefs into unlikely stars". SFGate. Retrieved 2 March 2011.
  3. ^ Jackie Burrell (9 February 2011). "YouTube foodie John Mitzewich embraces Valentine's Day". Retrieved 2 March 2011.
  4. ^ a b "John Mitzewich". Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  5. ^ Guppta, Kavi. "Five YouTube Channels That Will Make You A Better Cook". Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  6. ^ Bishop, Todd. "Allrecipes buys Food Wishes, plots world domination of online food videos". Retrieved 14 February 2018.