Meet the Chef

Meet the Chef of the Campus of the Jewish Home of Greater Harrisburg

Chef Josh is the Executive Chef whose experience as a 13-year-old “helper” for a catering company formed his desire to work with food. So much so, that even after beginning college to become a writer he made a life-changing decision to move to Culinary school and become a chef. Chef Josh began his journey at the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, where he was mentored by Paul Mach, one of the top chefs on the East coast. An internship at Ambria, a five-star restaurant  in Chicago, led him to a summer in the Windy City where he was the apprentice for Chef Christian Eckmann, one of the most decorated chefs in the United States.

A member of the American Culinary Federation, Chef Josh has achieved “Certified Culinarian” status and has placed high in several competitions. A graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Culinary Arts and Sciences, Chef Josh draws his motivation and inspiration from his wife and kids.

In summer, there are frequent picnic meals. In spring, Jewish residents and anyone else who wants to can enjoy Passover seders, with all the traditional foods. And when the Activities Department plans special events, Chef Josh prepares food— from banana splits to root beer floats to whatever the Activities Department calls for. Birthdays, also, are special events, and residents celebrate their birthdays with cake, ice cream, and songs.