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Nickname Chef Jonathan
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Jonathan Scinto is a Chef, TV Personality, Spokesman and Host from Long Island, N.Y. He was born to an Italian Jewish family in Queens, New York. While, most toddlers were watching Sesame Street, Jonathan watched Julia Child, Emeril Live and Iron Chef Showdown in Japanese with his mother Alison. She allowed Jonathan 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" and plates of art.

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. In the early 2000's, Jonathan opened a café with his father on L.I, which was one of the 1st to focus on scratch made ingredients with a farm to table approach.

After many years as a restaurant owner and working at a local culinary school, Jonathan's wife Annmarie told him to audition for MasterChef in NYC. She knew he wanted to get his love of food in front of larger audience. 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 TV networks for the Food Network, Chopped, MasterChef 6, Travel Channel, Amazon Studios "Marvelous Mrs. Maisel", "Blacklist: Redemption" and many other shows for ABC, NBC, CBS and Showtime. The Food Network Hand-picked Chef Jonathan to compete in "Iron Chef Showdown": Battle Autumn Bounty the live version hosted by Alton Brown. Jonathan will be in the upcoming Netflix & Martin Scorsese film "The Irishman", playing a Cook that Stars Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci and Ray Romano in 2019.

Jonathan is a 3 time "Taste of America" champion and Peoples Choice winner representing all of NY. You will find him competing and doing live cooking demos for the VIP's at the world's largest food competition, the "World Food Championships" yearly. He's been nominated twice for "Best of Long Island" in the Chef category by the Long Island community.

He recently won Chef Brand Ambassador of the Year Award from Certified Hereford Beef and American Hereford Association. Jonathan is a Spokesman and Ambassador for Cambro Manufacturing, Certified Hereford Beef, Mie Radici Italian Imports and several other national brands. He was recently honored by Long Island Press and Schneps Communications with the prestigious Oscar like award called the "Vicki" for "Kings of Long Island" as a top businessman and philanthropist.

He's had several articles published in Crain's Detroit Business, Entrepreneurial Chef Magazine, Newsday, Hereford World, LI Press, Long Island Herald, Digital Journal, Ohio Dispatch and LI Business News. You might have heard Jonathan on iHeart Radio, WBAB, The Grindhouse Show,La Fiesta 98.5 and several other stations throughout the US. He believes in giving back to his local community and works with non-profit charities. Over the past few years Chef Jonathan has helped raise over $250,000 for numerous local and national charities.

You can catch up with Chef Jonathan by going to one of his famous live demos for some #cheftainment, or 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.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jonathan Scinto

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