Jonathan Waxman is a native Californian whose family nurtured him in the food arts from an early age. He received the Grand Diplôme from La Varenne School in Paris and mentored with Alice Waters at Berkeley’s legendary Chez Panisse before graduating to Executive Chef of Michael’s in Santa Monica. In 1984 Jonathan made his mark in New York with the iconic Jams, which he followed up with a string of successes in New York, London and Napa Valley. Today, Jonathan is chef and owner of Brezza Cucina, Brezza Emporio and Pizzeria, Barbuto in Manhattan’s West Village and Jams in 1 Hotel Central Park. In 2014, he opened Nashville restaurants, Adele’s and Bajo Sexto, with partners Howard Greenstone and Ken Levitan and is a founding partner of Nashville’s Music City Food + Wine Festival.
Brezza Cucina, Jonathan’s most recent venture, opened in Atlanta’s Ponce City Market in fall 2015 and Waxman’s is slated to open in San Francisco’s Ghirardelli Square in March 2016. Jonathan is a judge on Bravo’s Recipe for Deception and has appeared on two seasons of Top Chef Masters. He works closely with many charities, including Citymeals-on-Wheels and Alex’s Lemonade Stand. He is the author of cookbooks, A Great American Cook and Italian, My Way. Jonathan currently lives in Manhattan with his wife and three children.