Host Chef Joe Flamm            Host Mixologist Jarmel Doss
Chef Joe Flamm Jarmel Doss

Joe Flamm

Executive Chef, Spiaggia + Café Spiaggia
Bravo's Top Chef Season 15 Winner

Joe Flamm is Executive Chef of Chicago’s Michelin-starred Spiaggia and Café Spiaggia. Working alongside Chef/Partner Tony Mantuano, Chef Joe showcases his Midwestern and Italian heritages through Spiaggia’s tasting, bar and a la carte menus. The menus rotate seasonally and regionally and are inspired by Chef Tony and Joe’s travels throughout Italy.

Growing up in a large Italian family on Chicago’s south side, Chef Joe fell in love with cooking at an early age while spending time in the kitchen with his Grandma Mary making homemade pasta, ravioli and pizza. It was this passion that led him to the Le Cordon Bleu of Culinary Arts, where he received his associate degree.

Prior to joining the Spiaggia team, Chef Joe worked alongside some of Chicago’s most prestigious chefs, including Stephanie Izard at Girl and the Goat, Art Smith at Table Fifty-Two, and Bill Kim at bellyQ and Urbanbelly. Chef Joe has also staged in some of Italy’s best kitchens including Glass Hostaria in Rome and Del Pescatore in Mantova, and cooked for presidents, celebrities, the James Beard Foundation and more.

In his spare time, Chef Joe enjoys spending time with his wife and trying new restaurants. He is involved with Pilot Light, a Chicago charity which helps children make healthier choices by connecting the lessons they learn in the classrooms to the foods they eat on their lunch trays and beyond. 

Follow Joe on Instagram @insta.flamm.

Jarmel Doss

Assistant Bar Director, The Aviary
Chicago STARS Mixology Competition Winner

Jarmel began her hospitality career as a bartender while working toward her degree in biochemistry. Ultimately, she fell in love with the science behind the magic of mixology.  

She spent several years working in hospitality management throughout Chicago, before joining The Alinea Group in 2015. After bartending at The Office, she was promoted to assistant bar director at The Aviary, an acclaimed cocktail bar in Chicago’s trendy West Loop neighborhood. In 2018, she was named the winner of the inaugural Chicago STARS Mixology Competition by the National Restaurant Association.

Follow Jarmel on Instagram at @melloj_9.

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