Joe Goetze’s official title is senior vice president of culinary development, but within the Farmers Restaurant Group family, he’s simply known as Chef Joe.
He’s the culinary mastermind behind all of the dishes and extensive menus that our guests know and love at the Farmers Restaurant Group of restaurants.
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, where he worked on a variety of successful ventures. A few years later, Chef Joe became an integral part of the Farmers Restaurant Group development team, where he aims for authenticity in every recipe and strives to create, as he likes to put it, “I like to make food that hugs you.”
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.