At some moment in the early 1980’s, a half baked light bulb cake was pulled from an Easy-Bake Oven. That moment birthed a passion for food, fueled by the joy and satisfaction it can bring to others. The lifetime of opportunities and choices ahead, were perhaps already decided. This love of cooking, (and of a woman), moved Tate from upstate New York to Long Island. He graduated from The French Culinary Institute, and found an apprenticeship with Guy Reuge at his Iconic restaurant Mirabelle. Tate had worked his way up the ranks to Chef de Cuisine by the time Jonathan had joined the Kitchen. The pair clicked instantly, complementing each other with opposite strengths. Their journey took them just down the street. With it, they were afforded the opportunity to carve out their own slice of the area’s growing culinary scene, and given the liberty of expanding ingredients, flavors and cuisine. Nearly fifteen years after opening, many things have changed. Tate has two children and less hair. Jonathan still doesn’t need to shave. But the passion holds fast. Tate can still be found, hiding out of sight in Mosaic's kitchen. If you find yourself interacting with him you have either cracked a Mosaic Easter egg, or you have done something seriously wrong.
Jonathan grew up immersed in family, extended family, love, and God. Blessed with parents who cook, and surrounded by people who eat, Jonathan began his informal culinary training much earlier than most. His Greek father and Puerto Rican mother provided diversity and dedication which would set the stage for his love of flavor, culture, and hospitality.Always adventurous and hard working, Jonathan found himself behind the stove, at first to help, but quickly for his own compulsions. Curious and awoken, he began a self-study of food, wine, and the arts. As the years passed his palette and the passions grew. He absorbed, experimented, and fed.In 2003 Jonathan applied in person at the renowned restaurant Mirabelle. Turned away at first, due to his “lack of resume”, Jonathan was undeterred, he persisted until granted an opportunity. This two year stint under the ever open and generous hands of Chef Guy Reuge provided the finishing touches on what would become a lasting career.Love and support from patrons, family, friends, and partners (Parents and Tate Morris most notably above all) have given Jonathan the desires of his heart. A place to play and live the dream that all individuals in whom excel deserve.