Chef John Pisto
an acclaimed chef and Monterey area restaurateur, with his own
cable TV cooking show, John Pisto has made California/Mediterranean
Cuisine his trademark. His unique style blends his Southern
Italian heritage with fresh California-harvested ingredients
and innovative interpretation of traditional Mediterranean recipes.
With four award-winning restaurants, his international TV cooking
show, Monterey's Cookin' Pisto Style, and a gourmet product
line, John Pisto is "cookin'" his way to the top.
A fixture on Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf for
more than three decades, John, like many of his relatives, started
as a commercial fisherman, bringing fresh fish into wharf restaurants.
After graduating from the School of Culinary Arts, John opened
his first restaurant on the wharf to better promote the fresh
local catch. Today his restaurants include the Whaling Station
Inn, Domenico's on the Wharf, Abalonetti Seafood Trattoria (across
from Domenico's) and Paradiso Trattoria on Cannery Row, with
spectacular ocean views from every table.
John Pisto has not forgotten his fishing heritage.
In fact, for years John has enthusiastically hosted area school
children to his restaurant on the wharf for a lesson on local
fish and fishing. The initiates are dubbed "Squid Kids," for
they not only gain a better appreciation for fishermen but also
a taste for squid.
John has many times assisted the CSC in educating
children as well as the public at large about the importance
of California seafood and our fishing industry. We're delighted
and honored to welcome him as CSC Public Member.