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Chef John’s interest in cooking started at a young age. Inspired by his immigrant grandfather who owned a café and fond memories of cooking with his grandmother, John decided to attend culinary school. He attended the highly acclaimed California Culinary Academy in San Francisco where he received a degree in Culinary Arts specializing in Classic French Continental Cuisine. After culinary school, John returned to Omaha to start his career.

John has had the pleasure of working in some of Omaha’s finest establishments including: several area country clubs, the French Cafe as Executive Chef for eight years, and Executive Chef at the Joslyn Art Museum for ten . In 2005 John decided to expand his culinary horizons and launched Chef Hattam, Inc.