The mission of the Joe Romanowski Culinary Education Foundation (JOCEF) is to create food-based events to provide funding for scholarships for deserving and passionate culinary students from the Jersey Shore. The Foundation was established in memory of Joseph Romanowski, who mentored and nurtured many of the Jersey Shore’s finest up-and-coming chefs. Scholarships will be awarded to students of the Culinary Education Center, a collaboration between Brookdale Community College and the Monmouth County Vocational School District. In the first four years, JOCEF awarded more than $150,000 in scholarships.
We are a 501c3 organization
Tax ID# 46-3600376
About Joe Romanowski
Joe’s love of food began during childhood. The oldest of five boys, the Romanowski family showed love with big tables of food and lots of relatives. Joe developed his talent through blood, sweat and tears and never settled until the dish or technique was perfect often saying “If you can’t do it right, don’t do it at all.”
Joe was passionate about everything he did and always put others before himself. His big heart and bigger talent led him to celebrity chef status.
A graduate of the Culinary institute of America, he was the chef/owner of acclaimed restaurants Joe & Maggie's Bistro in Long Branch and Bay Ave. Trattoria in Highlands.