Operation BBQ Relief Director of Culinary

Director of Culinary

Operation BBQ Relief welcomes John Imbriolo as Director of Culinary.  You could say John Imbriolo was predestined to become a chef. He began his career at age of 13, studying Italian cuisine in his Father’s kitchen, the fifth generation to study the culinary arts. After earning a degree in Restaurant Management, John honed his skills at hotels and restaurants across New York City including Naples 45, the exclusive Doubles Club International and the famed “21” Club. He has been a featured chef at the James Beard Foundation and his creations have graced many prominent magazines and newspapers including La Cucina Italiana, New York Magazine, Nation’s Restaurant News, NY Times and the Daily News.

In 2004, John joined Romano’s Macaroni Grill bringing his talents to a national stage, where the brand earned the coveted Menu Masters Innovator of the Year award. After arriving in Texas John began creating and developing savory Guest favorite dishes for Texas native restaurants, Texas Land & Cattle and its sister establishment, the Lone Star Steak House and has appeared on Good Morning Texas, Great Day Houston and The Broadcast television shows.

Most recently, John was named Chief Culinary Officer for Food First Global Restaurants where he led the culinary teams for both Brio and Bravo restaurants.

John currently resides in Deland, Florida with his wife, Carolyn.

Cedar Plank Soy Honey Salmon with Art Still and Stan Hays

From the Heart – January 2021

Kansas City, Kansas (ORR) / 7,452 Meals Over 50 Days

Through the Operation Restaurant Relief program, we teamed up with Wilma’s Good Food to provide meals to veterans experiencing homelessness at Hope Faith in Kansas City. Veterans are served meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Spicy Buffalo Chicken Dip with Mike Golic and Bryan Mroczka

Nashville, Tennessee (Explosion) / 310 Meals Over 5 Days

Through the Operation Restaurant Relief program, we teamed up with Peg Leg Porker to provide BBQ meals to first responders and volunteers cleaning up the blast zone in Nashville following the explosion in downtown Nashville on December 25, 2020.