Chef - Denver
Growing up in northeastern Pennsylvania, Robert “BJ” Wojtowicz fell in love with the culinary world at a young age. Working as a dishwasher at fourteen to make extra spending money, BJ knew that working in a restaurant wasn’t just an after-school job and he always had confidence that he’d lead his own kitchen someday. BJ graduated from Denver’s Johnson and Wales University and began working for one of the city’s most well respected chefs, Kevin Taylor, at Hotel Teatro. In 2009, BJ moved to the West Coast to become the Chef de Partie at Napa Valley’s celebrated The French Laundry where he specialized in making charcuterie from whole animals. After returning home to Pennsylvania to work as the Executive Chef of Connor’s Grillroom, BJ relocated to New York City to become a sous chef at Eleven Madison Park. It was at Eleven Madison Park, named the best restaurant in the world from San Pellegrino in 2017, that BJ had the opportunity to sharpen his skills in all aspects of the restaurant: running small intimate dining experiences, participating as part of the creative team for menu, recipe, and cookbook development, and managing a team of over 60 cooks. After four years, BJ moved to Denver for family and friends; his extensive experience in fine dining led him to use his deep knowledge of food, flavors, and his way around a fast-paced kitchen to earn the position of Executive Chef at Quality Italian Denver. BJ lives in Lowry with his girlfriend and when he’s not in the kitchen, he loves to hang out with his dog and cat, Piper and Harry.