Chef Joel’s quick wit and mid-Western charm make him a popular teacher and presenter – whether he is teaching a small class of 8-year-olds, presenting to a large audience of culinary professionals, or appearing on television.

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Chef Joel has taught cooking and manners & etiquette classes across the nation–in Texas, California, Florida, Minnesota, Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Delaware, and of course Wisconsin.   His experiences include founding a culinary education program, touring as a celebrity chef, teaching after-school cooking programs, conducting summer cooking camps, running numerous culinary events, and  starting his own business.  Chef Joel has been a pastry chef, private chef, personal chef, caterer, restaurant chef, food writer, and television and radio chef, as well as a culinary instructor.  He is comfortable supervising other culinary professionals, non-professionals, and students of all ages.

Chef Joel appears regularly on “Wake-Up Wisconsin” – WKOW/Channel 27’s morning show to give cooking tips.  Watch his most recent appearance.  You can find all of his Morning Show segments here.  He has also been featured in the Wisconsin State Journal three times: twice for epic culinary events and most recently for the April 11, 2018 event “A Cook and Two Books” at the Monona Public Library.   Read about his annual Wild Game Feed and his remarkable 50-50 Party.

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Chef Joel currently offers classes in Madison at several venues:

  • Hemmachef classes for adults, teens, children, and Parents & Children together at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.
  • Cooking Classes for adults through the University of Wisconsin’s Wheelhouse Studios at UW’s Union South.
  • Cooking classes and culinary events at VomFASS’s DelecTable on University Avenue.

In Wisconsin, he has also taught at the Wisconsin Innovation Kitchen in Mineral Point, at the Monona Public Library, and in Marshfield, Viroqua, Wisconsin Dells, and Door County, as well as Madison.  Chef Joel’s volunteer work has supported community organizations including Share Our Strength, Operation Frontline, Wisconsin Family Ties, Faith Lutheran Church in Marshfield, and Midvale Community Lutheran Church, Thoreau Elementary School, and the Lussier Center in Madison.

Chef Joel is also the Director of the Culinary Program at the McLean Community Center in McLean, VA (in the Washington, DC Metro area).  He was also a senior Instructor at L’Academie de Cuisine in Bethesda, MD for 21 years until it’s recent closing (Dec. 2017).

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Chef Joel has held leadership positions in the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) and has presented at and Chaired events at IACP annual conferences.   He has been featured on several metropolitan Washington television programs, on Maryland Public Television, and was a regular on WDCU radio’s “What’s Cooking in the Capital?” show.  Chef Joel was featured in Bethesda magazine, and has contributed to the “Children’s Post” and “Metropolitan Menus,” in Washington, D.C.


Chef Joel is an honors graduate of L’Academie de Cuisine in Bethesda, MD and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where he majored in Sociology.  Wherever he is teaching, Chef Joel enjoys highlighting quality Wisconsin products in his class menus and recipes.

His classes are featured at Travel Wisconsin!

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