JOSHUA INGRAHAM | CLEVELAND, OH
EXECUTIVE CHEF AT PROGRESSIVE FIELD
Joshua Ingraham serves as Delaware North Sportservice’s executive chef at Progressive Field, home of Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Indians. On the heels of his second-place finish in the national #AvocadoMadness competition in March 2016, he then took home the People’s Choice Award in Barilla’s Represent Your Region contest. Ingraham having the year of his life as a chef also won the Taste of America Challenge and represented the state of Ohio in the World food Championships last November in Orange Beach Alabama. This season he already took home a silver medal in a two man mystery basket competition sponsored by the ACF and has his sight set on the chance to land on the cover of Men’s Health Magazine.
Josh would describe the food he makes as defining taste at an intuitive level of sophistication. When asked who his biggest cooking influence was this is what he had to say: “Kevin Doherty, our executive chef at TD Garden. Under his tutelage, chef (Doherty) has taught me to cook with a purpose, to execute to a plan and the importance of simplifying to refine. In one phrase, he will make you question the integrity of everything you have created as “you are only as good as your last meal.” That phrase will forever resonate and will force me to question, “Is this the best I can do?” Other influences to note would be my parents. Both Sharon (mother) and Keith (father) were outstanding cooks as I grew up. In fact, with my parents owning a seafood restaurant in Maine called Salty’s, food has always been an important part of my life. As a child, I remember going to the restaurant on Sundays to enjoy a heaping plate of Belgian waffles with Chantilly cream and strawberries piled up high to my eyes.”
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