A New Jersey native, Chef Johnson has been seen on Bravo Television, showcased on the premier episode of “Rocco’s Dinner Party”, a culinary competition based on elimination challenges and “My Big Red Neck Vacation” seen on CMT as well as Restaurant Stakeout, Food Network, as a mystery diner. Most recently voted as one of the Best Chef’s in America. Also part of Team NJ Dinner at the honorable James Beard House, January 26, 2011 and most recently hosted the 25 Year Anniversary New Year’s Eve Celebration of the James Beard Foundation Dinner. Co-host of “Stripped Down Kitchen” on Web Talk Radio w/ national award winning cookbook author Rocky Fino. Placed in the top 5 of the New Jersey Seafood Challenge held at the Governor’s Mansion, Drumthwacket, hosted by the First Lady of New Jersey 2011. Currently a part time Culinary Instructor at Mercer County College teaching Applied Culinary Skills.
From a very young age, he discovered the love of cooking from his mother and grandmother. His success led to an opportunity to work for Jon Bon Jovi as his personal chef, along with several engagements with the Canadian Embassy. More locally, Chef Geoff has participated in the Taste of the Nation, now of Ocean County, since 1999, Share our Strength, appeared on various television networks performing cooking segments, received a total of twelve write up stars and has been featured in many local and tri-state area write-ups. As a regular participant in culinary food shows with Emeril Lagasse, Claire Robinson, Giada Di Laurentis, Guy Fierri, Ted Allen, Duff Goldman, Tyler Florence, just to name a few, he always looks to entertain the crowd.
Most recently, just voted into Best Chef’s America, is currently the Executive Chef of the Roman Grill in Linwood, NJ after closing his restaurant Copper Fish in Cape May, NJ after 7 years. He enjoys coming up with progressive culinary techniques to create a balance of exploratory, yet approachable dishes. Johnson’s goal is to provide guests a unique and modern culinary experience grounded in the context of traditional flavors. In addition to his broad professional experience, Johnson’s education has been primarily self-taught, over 20 years, working through the ranks, giving him a well-rounded understanding of the ever changing industry.
Additionally he is working on a series of cookbooks to be released sometime in the near future. He hosts his own radio show on cooking and discussions about the restaurant industry where he “cooks” in the studio for his loyal listeners. With local celebrity status, Johnson also performs chef demonstrations at the restaurant, touring areas of New Jersey, be it private, group or at food shows, inviting other chefs to participate and share their culinary prowess.