John, a Detroit native with almost two decades of industry experience, boasts nine restaurant openings in his career. He holds a Culinary Arts degree from Johnson & Wales University, where he excelled, and honed his skills at Charlie Trotter Corporation under Chef Charlie Trotter. After being named Head Chef at Trotter’s To Go, he became Executive Sous Chef at Table Fifty-two. He later joined Chef Graham Elliot Bowles as an opening Executive Sous Chef at Graham Elliot Bistro. Recognized on the Zagat 30 under 30 List, John was also a Bravo’s ‘Around the World in 80 Plates’ contestant and featured in Star Chefs Rising Star Chef list.
Returning to Detroit in 2016, he fulfilled his dream by co-founding Four Man Ladder. As Co-Executive Chef, he oversees menu creation, staffing, and operations for Four Man Ladder Hospitality’s establishments: Grey Ghost Detroit (2016), Second Best (2018), and Basan (2022).