• Josh Almanza
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Chef Josh 


Chef at The Chopping Block since: 2019

Favorite class to teach: Steakhouse DIY

Training/education: The Cooking And Hospitality Institute of Chicago

Cooking since: Professionally since 1998 but my grandma started teaching me at the age of 8

Favorite childhood food experience:Watching my grandma cook

What made you want to become a chef? I just really love food! 

What is your signature dish? Pozole Verde

What are the 5 ingredients you can't live without? Salt, sugar, oil, butter, flour

What do you love about cooking? The eating part!

When you're creating a new recipe, what influences and inspires you? Whatever I'm in the mood to eat

What advice would you give a new cook? Read, read, read.

What are you doing when you're not cooking? Watching camping videos or playing video games

Describe your perfect evening. Relaxing after a hike besides a campfire with a nice meal and a great view with my wife.

If you had friends in from out of town, where would you take them to eat? Carnitas Uruapan in Pilsen

Where are you from? Dallas, Texas

What was your favorite vacation? Orlando with my wife

What are your hobbies? Video games, hiking, camping

What is your favorite band? At The Drive In

What is your favorite sports team? Da Bears!

If you could have dinner with one person, who would it be? Bruce Lee

What are your guilty pleasures? White Castle Burgers

Who is your favorite celebrity chef? Martin Yen

What 5 tools should every new cook have in the kitchen? Santoku knife, cast iron pan, wet stone, cutting board, big pot

What resources would you suggest for Chopping Block clients? The Food Lover's Companion

List three of your favorite tips or techniques you use in the kitchen. 

1. Play some music that hypes you up.

2. Taste everything.

3. Have fun while you're cooking or else it's just work.

Josh's Favorite Tool

global santoku

Santoku Knife

I'm really into light knives!