Joe Flamm is just a chef from Chicago.


“Smart, beautiful, concise food.”


Winner of Bravo's Top Chef Season 15 and Executive Chef of Chicago's Michelin-starred Spiaggia and Cafe Spiaggia, Joe showcases his Chicago and Italian heritages alongside the iconic Chef/Partner Tony Mantuano.

In his abundant free time, Joe enjoys #dayoffing with his wife Hillary & son Luka.


started on the southside, now he's here

Where has Joe cooked at?

Prior to Spiaggia, Joe worked in other great Chicago kitchens, starting with his Grandma Mary's. That's where Joe fell in love with cooking — handmade pastas, ravioli, pizza. Joe continued to sharpen his culinary skills alongside Chicago's most prestigious chefs, including Stephanie Izard at Girl and the Goat, Art Smith at Table Fifty-Two, and Bill Kim at bellyQ. Joe has also staged in some of Italy's best kitchens including Glass Hostaria in Rome and Del Pescatore in Mantova. He's cooked for presidents, celebrities, the James Beard Foundation and more. But his favorite person to cook for is his wife, Hillary.



Spiaggia sets the standard for Italian dining, earning Michelin stars, four-star reviews, and international awards. With Chef/Partner Tony Mantuano, Joe leads the culinary vision as Executive Chef. Spiaggia offers guests a peerless experience that honors the heritage of Italy. Inspired by Manutano and 
Flamm’s journey through Italy, it begins with the country’s finest ingredients.

cafe spiaggia

Café Spiaggia is a local gathering spot offering casual Italian fare by Chefs Tony and Joe. With shared plates, handmade pastas, a selection of bottled cocktails and a global wine list hand-selected by Sommelier Rachael Lowe — Food & Wine Magazine’s Top Sommeliers of 2016 — Cafe guests enjoy a warm, welcoming environment and top-class hospitality.

top chef season 15 winner

Top Chef Season 15 shot in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Joe went out west ready for an experience he later learned you really can’t be ready for. In a true cauliflower tragedy, he was cut from the competition and sent to Last Chance Kitchen. Here, he reconnected to his true voice: “smart, beautiful, concise food.” And it worked. And he came back in a tiny cowboy hat and he “f*cking won.” We didn’t burn down Chicago, but it hasn’t stopped being fun.





Get in touch
with Joe

Want to be Joe’s new best friend? Can’t. Role’s taken. But you will definitely feel like one of his best friends as soon as you meet him. He probably already loves you. Give a shout to the amazing Cameron Levkoff and she’ll hook it up.


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