Jonathan Scinto is a Chef & TV Personality 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 #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. 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”, FOX “Blacklist: Redemption” and many other shows for ABC, NBC CBS and Showtime. The Food Network handpicked Chef Jonathan to compete in “Iron Chef Showdown”: Battle Autumn Bounty and “Chopped”, both live versions of the TV shows hosted by Alton Brown and Ted Allen.
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” yearly. He has been nominated twice for “Best of Long Island” Chef by his community.
Jonathan is a Spokesman for Certified Hereford Beef, Hardcore Italians Clothing, Mie Radici, 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, Long Island Herald, Digital Journal, Culination Magazine and LI Business News. You might have heard Jonathan on iHeart Radio, WBAB, The Grindhouse Show, and several other stations throughout the US. 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 Chef Jonathan by going to one of his famous live cooking demos, meet and greets and 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.