Hey Gang, If you are here that means you are looking for some help trying to figure out which direction to go in with your libation of choice!! Well luckily your old pal J.I. is here to help. If you are anything like me your drinking choice varies heavily on the day of the week, time of day, your company and most importantly the mood you’re in. I’m not a huge wine drinker but I do love wine with food and I’ve chosen some great ones that work as pairings and go down quite easily on their own during the week after work with some friends...or even alone (we won’t judge). It’s football season and that means tailgate season, stock up with some of my favorite beers before heading to the (hopefully N.Y. Giants) parking lot. Otherwise for those quiet nights when you just want to relax and chill out there are some nice bourbons and rums. Keep it simple and focus on whats important- Downtime!
Chef Johnny Iuzzini, award-winning pastry chef, hails from the Catskills region in upstate New York. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America with over twenty years of kitchen experience, Johnny honed his craft at highly lauded dining locations such as The River Café, Daniel, Payard, Café Boulud and Jean Georges in New York City.
In 2006, the James Beard Foundation awarded Johnny "Pastry Chef of the Year." In addition he has been recognized as one of the "10 Most Influential Pastry Chefs in America" by Forbes, "Best New Pastry Chef" by New York Magazine, and named one of the “Top Ten Pastry Chefs in America" two years in a row by Pastry Arts and Design.
During his near decade as the Executive Pastry Chef at Restaurant Jean Georges, the restaurant received four stars from The New York Times, three Michelin stars, and was considered one of the world's fifty greatest restaurants. After leaving Restaurant Jean Georges Johnny started his own pastry consulting company, aptly named Sugar Fueled Inc. He is the author of DESSERT FOURPLAY: Sweet Quartets From A Four-Star Pastry Chef and SUGAR RUSH: Master Tips, Techniques, and Recipes for Sweet Baking.
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