Chef Lenny Judice:
For Chef Lenny Judice, the art of cooking has always been second nature to him. As a young boy he was purchasing fresh products from local farmers to use in his grandmothers kitchen in the Dominican Republic. He also grew up watching and learning in his mother’s restaurant in Puerto Rico.
Lenny’s professional culinary career began as a baker’s apprentice and pastry chef in South Florida. Shortly after, Lenny attended Johnson & Wales University to obtain his culinary degree. He has worked with some of the most renowned chefs during his time in South Florida including James Beard Award winners Chef Michael Schwartz, Chef Christian DeLouvrier and Chef Allen Susser. From these chefs, he had the opportunity to absorb a vast amount of knowledge and technique. For the six years prior to JP Charlotte he was the Executive Chef at 15 Street Fisheries, a landmark in South Florida for the past 30 years. In 2015 his restaurant won 10 awards including: Best Seafood Restaurant, Best East Broward Restaurant, Best Romantic Restaurant, Best Restaurant To Take Your Parents, and the OpenTable Diner’s Choice award. He is also a member of the American Culinary Federation and Chaine des Rotisseurs.
These experiences have exposed him to Latin, Italian, Local & Seasonal, Classic French, Asian Fusion, New World and countless other cuisines. He is able to tie his immense amount of knowledge and experience in many different kitchen roles plus his love for food into his work at JP Charlotte. Lenny’s eclectic upbringing and life reflections give him the ability to create a work environment and refined dining experience that provide the essential elements of home and hospitality.
Continuing to share his story through his words, efforts, and food, Chef Lenny strives to make a positive impression on those who dine at JP Charlotte and all who surround him.