Miller attended the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park, and came to Los Angeles after graduation. There, Miller worked at some of the best restaurants in the city: La Toque, Patina, L’Orangerie, and Cafè Katsu.
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Joe Miller, with his namesake restaurant Joe’s, is an innovator not only in the kitchen but also in his discovery of Abbot Kinney’s untapped culinary potential. An Ohio native, born February 17, 1961, Miller was introduced to food culture through family parties on his aunts’ farms, which inspired his dedication to fresh ingredients. For formal training Miller attended the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park, and came to Los Angeles after graduation. Once in Los Angeles, Miller worked at some of the best restaurants in the city: La Toque, Patina, L’Orangerie, and Cafè Katsu, where he was first recognized for his work. After gaining experience working in these restaurants, Miller developed the concept for an “accessible Cal-French eatery,” and opened Joe’s on Abbot Kinney in 1991. Although today Abbot Kinney is a hub for innovative eateries and wine bars, Joe’s was the first, and set the scene for the many others that sit beside Joe’s today.
Joe’s is a realization of Miller’s vision to “create innovative dishes in a warm elegant atmosphere which are reasonably priced.” Staying true to his farming roots, Miller shops at local farmer’s markets and never sacrifices freshness. A neighborhood spot that attracts celebrities alongside locals, the Michelin-starred chef Miller is personable and often seen conversing with patrons around the restaurant. The seasonal dishes, an extensive wine selection, an elegant yet comfortable ambiance, and Miller himself are all major elements of the entire “experience” that Miller wanted for Joe’s. Consistently described as “innovative” cuisine, Miller’s dishes are crafted based on a classical foundation and enriched by techniques and flavors inherent to Californian cuisine. In 2011, Joe’s celebrated their 20th anniversary, a major landmark that shows the success of Miller’s concept.
Apart from Joe’s, Miller is involved with a variety of other projects around Los Angeles. Miller has launched the careers of a variety of top chefs, as Joe’s has become a quasi-landing ground for up-and-coming chefs and those in between work. He also was the chef that developed the menu of Bar Pinxto, a Spanish-style tapas bar in Santa Monica, now headed by David Plonowski. Additionally, he is an active member of the Los Angeles community, evident in ventures such as the Westminster Avenue Elementary School “We Garden” gardening and cooking project. Overall, Miller is a chef that helped make the Los Angeles culinary scene what it is today, and Joe’s is the perfect location to celebrate the best it has to offer.