Jonathan Scinto is a Chef & TV Personality. Jonathan was born to an Italian Jewish family in Queens, New York. While, most toddlers were watching Sesame Street, Jonathan watched Julia Child and Emeril.
His mother Alison allowed him 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 #cheftainment.
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 to name a few.
In the early 2000’s, Chef Jonathan opened up a 40 seat café with his father on LI, which was one of the 1st to focus on scratch made ingredients.
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 network TV shows like, MasterChef 6, Food Network, Chopped, Travel Channel, Amazon Studios "Marvelous Mrs. Maisel", FOX’s Blacklist: Redemption and many other shows for ABC, NBC CBS and Showtime to name a few. He will be in the 2019 Netflix movie "The Irishman" as a cook, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert DiNero and Al Pacino.
The Food Network committee handpicked Chef Jonathan to compete in “Rooftop Chopped" and “Iron Chef Showdown”: Battle Autumn Bounty, both live version of the TV shows hosted by Ted Allen and Alton Brown.
Jonathan is a 3 time “Taste of America” champion and "Peoples Choice" winner representing all of NY. You will find him competing at the world’s largest cooking competition, the “World Food Championships” and other culinary competitions yearly for Chef’s Roll, Barilla Pasta and Avocados from Mexico, where he has finished as a finalist several times.
He was recently nominated for Best of Long Island in the Chef Category for 2018 and 2019 by the Long Island Community.
Jonathan is a Sponsored Chef and Spokesman for Certified Hereford Beef, Hardcore Italians Clothing, Bedlam Vodka, Gubba Rum, Mie Radici, Big Frig Coolers, Toma Artisanal Bloody Mary Mix, Blue Collar Blades and several other National Brands.
He’s had several articles published in Entrepreneurial Chef Magazine, Newsday, Long Island Herald, Culination Magazine and LI Business News. He believes in giving back to his local community and works with non-profit charities, helping them raise awareness and resources for their organization.
You can catch up with Jonathan 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.