• LIVE EVENTS 

    Music Buffets, Golf Tournaments,

    Food and Music Festivals, Private Functions

    The Culinary Rocker Johnny Ciao

    VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

    Johnny has prepared foods for some of the greatest and legendary performers of the 20th Century including the late Marlon Brando and Gregory Peck to Willie Nelson, Michael Jackson, Chi Chi Rodriguez, Carlos Santana, the Grateful Dead, Mayor Ed Koch, Ambassador Andrew Young, Donnie and Marie Osmond, Wayne Brady to Whitney Houston.

     

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    Johnny Ciao's Koncert Kitchen Live Events

    FESTIVALS & EVENTS

    Johnny Ciao's Live Events and Appearances combine music, food, comedy and storytelling in fun and outrageous settings, both formal and informal. Johnny is a unique character who appears at Festivals around the globe presenting a fascinating and interesting one-hour show unlike traditional chefs who simply cook.

    He is sometimes known as the Benefit Chef due to his involvement with major and smaller charitable organizations. He creates and presents formal or buffet dinners for up to 500 people at the location of your choice and brings together his celebrity friends and musicians to create an incredible day or night full of entertainment, food and fundraising activities.

     

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  • Johnny Ciao is a popular auction item (Live or Silent) at many charitable events. He has commanded up to $50,000 to present a private dinner party in the privacy one's home. Johnny will come to your event, meet and greet guests, sit in and perform with bands or d.j.'s on harmonica, as well as schmooze the room getting guests excited prior to his Live Auction, where he stands on stage and tells stories about his colorful experiences getting the bids higher and higher.

     

    Johnny also appears on television and radio prior to each event to boost attendance, increase awareness to the cause and promote the event. He has been presenting and performing at many Benefits throughout the US over the past 20 years for such charitable organizations and events including ALS, the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, Oscar Parties, Sundance Film Festival, Chi Chi's Kids, the First Tee, John Deere Classic, Toys for Tots, MasterCard Celebrity Golf Challenge, and various Cancer groups. He also presents his Caddy Snax on the 9th hole of a shotgun start, so as golfers approach the 9th hole they greeted by Johnny and fed delicious and inventive snacks.

  • Brooklyn Johnny

     

    Johnny Ciao did not get his start in the culinary world like most chefs. Working as a personal manager, concert promoter and entertainment marketing executive, he always prepared meals for his celebrity clients. Johnny grew up in New York and was an avid music lover. He began his radio career at WRXB in St. Petersburg, Florida. Johnny then moved to Atlanta promoting live jazz concerts with acts including Stanley Turrentine, Jimmy Smith, Woody Shaw and Ramsey Lewis, to name a few. He then launched a communications firm managing bands and well-known personalities including baseball great Hank Aaron, Music Legend Isaac Hayes and others. 

     

    Brooklyn Johnny was responsible for compiling the very first music video chart, which was published weekly in TV Guide, Rolling Stone and USA Today.

    Cooking with Country Music Stars

    In the mid-80’s, Johnny Ciao produced a book and video called‘ Cooking With Country Music Stars’, that went on to sell over 1,000,000 copies. A unique collaboration of 36 of country music's biggest names, including Reba McEntire, George Strait, Hank Williams Jr., Dolly Parton and Tammy Wynette, this book offers informative cooking and serving suggestions for more than 200 recipes. Full-color photographs and biographies of each star fill the pages

    Chef to the Stars

    After moving to San Francisco, Ciao took his culinary talent to new levels. His encounter with legendary concert promoter Bill Graham brought him in direct contact with the Grateful Dead, Carlos Santana, Huey Lewis, Buddy Miles, Chris Isaak and many other music greats. He created backstage food and went on to cook for many of these artists one on one in their homes, at recording studios, on the road and various locations.

    Johnny then received a phone call that changed his life forever. Music Icon Michael Jackson collapsed on stage in the Far East, due to a poor diet and improper eating habits. Johnny was hired to strengthen and change Michael’s diet. He proceeded to move into Neverland Ranch and created healthy, fun and inventive foods for Michael and his many celebrity guests including Whitney Houston, Marlon Brando, Gregory Peck, Barry Gordy and many others. It was an experience that no other chef has accomplished in the entertainment business. 

    Johnny Ciao's Koncert Kitchen

    An inventive collection of easy-to-make recipes from one of America's most dynamic celebrity chefs, this cookbook is filled with what Ciao's calls "Top Five and Ten" recipes: tasty dishes that can be made with five to ten ingredients in five- to ten-minutes for five to ten dollars.

     

    After the release of ‘Koncert Kitchen’, Johnny began appearing on top television and radio programs throughout the world. Some of Johnny’s appearances include the Today Show, Regis, Wayne Brady, Donnie and Marie, several Dick Clark Specials, Entertainment Tonight, VH-1, MTV,  BBC, RAI and countless network shows throughout the US and the World.

    Music and Blues Buffets

    Johnny Ciao also performs on harmonica with his Culinary All-Star Band comprised of the hottest musicians in the biz while he prepares food at his Famous Blues and Music Buffets which have sold out at venues across America including the House of Blues. Musicians from major groups join Johnny as he presents and prepares a feast of food and music for
    hundreds of
    guests.

  • CULINARY ENCOUNTERS

    A self-produced Television Series featuring behind the scenes/travel/food footage of Johnny with Ernie and the Automatics featuring members of Boston, Doobie Brother/Steely Dan member Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter, harmonica great James Montgomery, Professor Louie in Siberia, the legendary Commander Cody and the Biker Blues.

    Ernie and the Automatics

    Automatics’ Boston Lobster Cakes
    1 pound claw and knuckle lobster meat
    2 eggs
    3 chopped scallions
    2 tablespoons mayo
    1 tablespoon mustard
    1 teaspoon dried tarragon
    1 teaspoon coriander
    Blast of Funky Fennel Pollen

    Approx: 1/4 cup pankow/bread crumb mix
    Chopped fresh Italian Parsley

     

    Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Do not break up lobster meat too fine, leave small chunks. Add bread crumbs slowly to get a firm, not too moist texture. Lightly sauté in olive oil on a low-medium flame for approx: 3-5 minutes on each side, depending on size. Drizzle on a vinegar reduction or create an easy mustard/marmalade sauce.

    Jeffrey 'Skunk' Baxter

    Skunk Baxter’s California Style Spedini
    6-8 thinly sliced chicken breasts
    2 eggs
    1/4 cup Plain Bread Crumbs
    1/2 cup fresh Spinach (finely chopped)
    1/8 cup chopped walnuts
    Blast of dried dill or Parsley
    Fresh Basil
    Grated Cheese (parmesan/reggiano)
    Goat Cheese
    Minced Black Truffle (optional)

     

    Mix all of the above ingredients in a mixing bowl until pasty/not wet. If wet add more bread crumbs. If too dry, add another egg. Place chicken breasts on wax paper. Spread mixture on chicken, then roll. Put toothpicks on both sides so that mixture is held in. Transfer to a baking pan, drizzle olive oil on top with a blast of tomato puree, salt, pepper and a bit of water. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 or 30 minutes. Cut into 1/2 slices. Serve as an appetizer or serve entire breast as an entree.

    James Montgomery

    1 large fresh salmon filet
    2 cloves minced garlic
    1 chopped shallot
    1 tablespoon crystallized ginger
    1 teaspoon salted or any type of capers
    Chopped fresh basil
    1 cup Chopped tomatoes
    Splash of wine or champagne
    Blast of Funky Fennel Pollen

     

    Sauté all ingredients except fish for about 15 minutes. Lower flame and place salmon on top of mixture skin down for about 5-7 minutes, then carefully turn with a spatula and remove skin. Let it simmer for another 5 or so minutes. Break up fish and pour over pasta. Awesome flavor-Healthy-Organic!

    Professor Louie

    PROFESSOR LOUIE’S SHRIMP FAGIOLI
    Colavita Olive Oil
    Tablespoon chopped Ginger
    1 minced Shallot
    1 chopped Red Bell Pepper
    1/2 minced Jalapeno
    1 cup of Seafood Stock
    1 teaspoon dried Tarragon
    1- 8 oz. can of Cannelini beans- pureed
    1/2 cup pureed tomatoes- canned
    1/2 teaspoon dried cardamom or 2 pods
    1-1/2 pounds shrimp- cleaned and deveined and cut in thirds
    Fresh Chopped Basil

     

    Place olive oil in a large skillet. On a medium flame add ginger, shallot and jalapeno–cook until translucent. Add bell pepper–cook for another 3 minutes.
    Add seafood stock, water and dried spices.

    Cook for about 5 minutes–while stirring regularly. Add canellini beans, tomatoes and cardamom. Cover and cook for 10 minutes on low flame-stirring occasionally.

    Stir in shrimp and basil, then turn off and let it sit for 10 minutes. Enjoy a hearty meal.

    Commander Cody

    COMMANDER CODY’S STEAK PIZZAOLA
    Dash of Extra Virgin olive oil
    2 cloves of minced garlic
    3 minced gaeta olives
    4 large salted capers- chopped
    1 teaspoon oregano
    1/2 cup of tomato puree
    Chopped fresh parsley
    1 Large 16-ounce porterhouse steak
    1 tablespoon Romano cheese

     

    Sauté and cook all ingredients except steak for 15 minutes. Add Steak, cook on low flame for about 4-5 minutes on each side. Pour sauce over spaghetti and Mangia!

    Biker Blues

    Seafood Biker Bouillabaisse
    1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil
    2 minced cloves garlic
    2 chopped shallots
    2 soaked cardamom pods (whole) or (ground)
    1 cup tomato puree
    2 Bay Leaves
    1 teaspoon of Cumin
    1 tablespoon Crystallized Ginger
    1/4 cup Chardonnay

     

    Cook up all of the above ingredients on a low flame for about 20 minutes. The add the lobster and crab, cook on a low to medium flame for 15 minutes, then add mussels and shrimp and cook on a
    low flame for another 10 minutes.

     

    1 Cleaned/Uncooked Maine Lobster
    1 Cleaned/Uncooked Dungeness Crab
    1 pound Mussels
    1 Pound Medium/Large Shrimp

    Pour over pasta or rice. and kick into HIGH GEAR!

  • Daytime TV Videos

    Johnny prepares his famous Fruit Boats Live on Television

    A Variety of Johnny's appearances throughout the years w everyone from Dick Clark, Regis, George Hamilton, Marilu Henner, Rick Dees and many others

     

    Johnny prepares his famous Fruit Boats Live on Television

    Johnny prepares Corny Shrimp

  • VIDEOS

    Television Talk, Festivals and Travels around the World

    The Other Half

    Johnny appears with Danny Bonaducci and Dick Clark and creates his Delicious Chicken Spedini

    San Antonio Living

    Johnny appears on San Antonio Living during his Childhood Obesity Tour "Cooking with Juice"

    Wayne Brady Show

    One of Johnny's several appearances on the Wayne Brady Show making Italian Tacos

    Breakfast TV in Vancouver

    Breakfast TV

    Johnny prepares a special  Salmon British Columbia Dish on the morning show

    Papa Pasquale

    Johnny makes his Special Shrimp Ravioli at the Papa Pasquale Ravioli Factory

    Papa Pasquale Part 2

    Johnny finishes making his Corny Shrimp Raviolis

    Taste of Pinellas

    Highlights from the 2011 Taste of Pinellas Festival in St. Pete, Fla.

    Johnny Ciao in Liverpool, England

    Re-Creation of a traditional British Scouse

    Yorkshire, England

    Johnny meets Mr. Ed

    Bay of Fundy, Canada

    Lobster fishign in the Bay of Fundy, Canada

    Deer Island, Canada

    Ciao visits one of the world's largest lobster pounds in the world

    Ciao is Hip Hoppin the world 

    Travels with Ciao

    Newcastle, United Kingdom

    On the Streets in Newcastle, UK

    Finger Fruit Salad

    Finger Fruit Salad invented for Michael Jackson at Neverland

    Sweetbay Supermarket

    Johnny cooks with juice in a supermarket

    Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

    Papa Pasquale Ravioli Factory and Italian Deli

    Blues Buffet

    Highlights from one of several sold-out House of Blues events

    Highlights Reel

    Appearances on TV, Radio, Live Shows and at Benefits

    Caddysnax 

    Johnny makes lobster for Actor/Comedian Richard Kind while he plays golf

    Funkin' Round The World

  • CIAO ON THE MOVE

  • 2016 APPEARANCES

    Join Johnny at these upcoming events

    August 7

     

    Johnny and Bluesman Dean Shot entertain patrons of this exciting event from 12 Noon to 3 PM

     

    September 22

     

    Johnny Ciao DEMONSTRATE HIS iNVENTIVE rECIPES AT THE lIBRARY STARTING AT 6pm

     

     

  • PAST EVENTS

    Johnny has appeared at a variety of festivals, events and benefits over the past few yeas

     

     

    US WAR DOGS

     

    PUTNAM COUNTY WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL

     

    TASTE OF BUFFALO

     

    TOYS FOR TOTS BENEFIT

     

    SOUTH MOUNTAIN BLUES FESTIVAL

     

    HUDSON BERKSHIRE WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL

     

    SUBLICIOUS BLUES BUFFET

     

    CORAL GALES BLUES FESTIVAL


    CHI CHI BENEFIT ON ST. PETE BEACH

     

    DONALD TRUMP CANCER BENEFIT IN PALM BEACH

     

    TASTE of PINELLAS

    COOL JUICE OBESITY TOUR in Florida, Georgia and Texas

     

    SUMMERTIME BLUES W PROFESSOR LOUIE

     

    SOUTH ORANGE BLUES FESTIVAL

     

    SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

     

    ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME BENEFIT

     

    SOUTH ORANGE INT'L BLUES FESTIVAL

     

    CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ GOLF CLASSIC

     

    ROBIN ZANDERS FIRST TEE CELEBRITY ROCK GOLF TOURNAMENT

     

    ALS CELEBRITY GOLF TOURNAMENT

     

    JOHN DEERE CLASSIC IN IOWA FOR CBS

     

    TAMPA BAY WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL

     

    WINSLOW THERAPEUTIC HORSE HEALING BENEFIT

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