Chef "Jo-Jo" Doyle, Jr.
"A duck pâté so good it'll make your tongue slap your brains out," exudes Jo-Jo Doyle in May 2006 article of "Fast Company" magazine. His passion and creativity are served up with enthusiasm and he’s never afraid to make a statement with a menu. From his gourmet restaurant background to developing menus for some of sports most prestigious events, his pursuit is delighting each guest with perfected traditional dishes balanced with innovative twists.
Before joining Levy Restaurants, Jo-Jo worked with Devlin Roussel and Patricia Wilson, two well respected ‘James Beard Award’ winning chefs. He was the Executive Chef at Backstreet and H20, as well as Chef de Cuisine at Hi-life Café where he received numerous awards and accolades. He relentlessly pushes to make the food as clean and unrestricted as possible with good strong flavors that compliment each other.
Ready for his next challenge, Jo-Jo brought his passion for exceptional food to Levy Restaurants as the chef of the Flagship Restaurant at American Airlines Arena in Miami, FL. Taking command over the Flagship menu, he revamped the a la carte menu and created the ‘small plates’ concept with huge success. He has lead the creative development of menus for many impressive events such as, MTV Video Music Awards 2005 & 2006, NBA Playoffs 2005, NBA Finals 2006, U2 and Paul McCartney concerts, and The U.S. Tennis Open.
Jo-Jo then moved with Levy to Louisville, Kentucky where he is currently our Executive Chef at the legendary Churchill Downs. During his tenure at Churchill Downs he has played a key role in the setup and execution of some of the biggest events in Churchill’s history, The Rolling Stones and The Police concerts, The 2006 Breeders’ Cup; and the 133rd, 134th, 135th, 136th, 137th,and 138th Kentucky Derby's.