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Tampa Cooking School - Chef Bio

John Barbie, Aprons Staff

John Barbie



As a fourth generation decedent of Ybor City immigrants, John grew up in a Cuban and Italian home. His passion for cooking was inherited from his Grandmother. In his over 20 years experience, John has worked and managed almost every position in a restaurant. His culinary ventures have led him to live in Baton Rouge, LA. and Houston, TX. Cuban and Italian cuisines come naturally to him but he has developed a love for Southeast Asian cuisines.
John is a firm believer that food is nothing without family to share it with. For him, cooking has always been a way to bring love and laughter to his friends and family. As an Aprons Chef, He gets to share his passion for cooking and put smiles on the faces of the people around him.




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