AGE: 29

HOMETOWN: Franklin Square, Long Island, NY. - currently resides in New York, NY

PROFESSION: Executive Chef, Café Des Artistes

CULINARY EDUCATION: Peter Kump's New York Cooking School

FAVORITE SIMPLE SUMMER RECIPE: Caramelized Diver Sea Scallops with a Wild Mushroom and Truffle Risotto

A native New Yorker and a four-star chef, Joey has worked at some of New York City's premiere restaurants - including Waters Edge, Jean Georges, Vong, and most currently Café de Artistes. His cooking is influenced by world cultures, and he loves to serve simple, light food always on a hot plate. Joey's intense passion and playful mentality make him a serious contender. His romantic self enjoys whipping up white chocolate and coconut-dipped strawberries with Veuve Clicquot Champagne -- while his aggressive self lives by the motto -- if you can't take the heat, get the f*** outta the kitchen.