Joe Goetze’s official title is senior vice president of culinary development, but here at Founding Farmers, he’s known to everyone as Chef Joe. He’s the man behind all of the Founding Farmers dishes that our guests know and love. Chef Joe’s extensive experience includes a degree from the Culinary Institute of America, and years spent developing menus and running kitchens at notable restaurants around the country.
Chef Joe started working with Mike V and Dan back in 1997, and in 2004 joined their VSAG team. There he worked on a variety of successful ventures and in 2008 was excited to become an integral part of the Founding Farmers development team. Here, he heads the culinary team and plans the restaurant’s extensive menus. Chef Joe aims for authenticity in every recipe and strives to create, as he likes to put it, “exactly what people are expecting, but better.”
According to Chef Joe, the most interesting and important part of his job is sourcing the food and knowing the origins of each ingredient. Whether it’s how and where the tomatoes were grown or exactly where the cows were born and how they were raised, he believes that the hallmark of a great chef is one that creates fresh, memorable meals for every guest.