The first sign of Johnnie becoming a chef was when at an early age he "fixed" his mothers potato salad feeling that it could use more mustard, a lot more mustard. He got his start in Muncie, IN working for Jim Davis, the creator of Garfield. He then went to Johnson and Wales University in Norfolk, VA while spending his youth working in Palm Beach, South Hampton, and Indianapolis, where he met his lovely wife Marie. In 2006 Johnnie made the leap to Patrick O'Connell's, The Inn at Little Washington. Since living in the Northern VA area he has also worked for Chef Cathal Armstrong of Restaurant Eve and Chef Eric Ziebold of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. He started at Eventide a year ago last May and was promoted to Executive Chef in March of 2013.