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170 Wine & Spirit Purveyors • 70 of San Diego's Top Chefs
Celebrity Chefs • Cooking & Wine Tasting Classes
Big Bottle Auction • Continuous Food and Wine Tastings
Over 800 Wines • $50,000 Chef of The Fest Competition

Joey Maggiore

Celebrity Chef-Restaurantuer and Star of the Food Network TV Series, “Family Style”

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From a young age, Joey worked with his father Tomaso Maggiore, the matriarch of this Sicilian family with over forty-years in the culinary and restaurant business that began in New York.  Now a dynasty that owns and operates a winery that imports premium wines from Italy to serve in their multiple restaurants in California and Arizona, and an olive oil company, Joey began working at their family restaurants where he learned the art of Italian gastronomy.

After his High School graduation, Joey threw himself into the restaurant business, perfecting the dishes that were passed down from generations and attended The Scottsdale Culinary Academy.  He eventually left the program to pursue his dream of opening his own restaurant in San Diego. Assisting as the executive chef and concept creator of his parents' restaurants for two years, Joey got his big break when he opened Joey's California Bistro in 1999. In addition to running his California bistro, Joey continued to be influential in the daily operations of his parents' restaurants.

In 2003, he assisted in the opening of Tommy V's Steak & Chop House in Carlsbad, Calif. In 2004, Joey embarked on a successful endeavor to bring Southern barbecue to Carlsbad, Calif., inspired by his travels with a California edge, by opening Joey's Smokin' BBQ. Within three years, Joey turned this small, quick-serve BBQ joint into a franchise of eight locations around the state with more locations to open in the future.

In 2010, Joey and his sister, Melissa, opened Tommy V's Urban Kitchen and he is Executive Chef and General Manager for his family's newest endeavor, Tommy V's Italian Chop House in Del Mar, Calif. Joey currently resides in Southern California with his wife Cristina and their three children, Giuliana, Tomaso, and Melina.

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