A native of Yonkers, New York, Joel "Chef Jojo" Thomas has been a fixture in the Capital Region food scene since 2012. In addition to starting his own private chef business in 2020, he is also known for his work with KitchenCray, Martha's Table, and Zion Church. His services include private in-home dining experiences, virtual and in-home cooking classes, and public cooking demonstrations. Chef Jojo is passionate about creating memorable experiences and is committed to being a positive influence in the community. His culinary inspirations are Chefs Jose Andres, G. Garvin, Roble’ Ali, and his mentor JR Robinson.