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The kitchen was the heart of Joseph Bonocore’s childhood home. Helping his mother prepare traditional Italian meals for family and friends, ignited his passion for creating world-class food for world-class guests. As our new executive chef, that’s exactly what he’s doing today and every day at The Terraces of Boise.

“I’m thrilled to be here and so excited about cooking for these incredible people,” said Chef Joe. “The residents here inspire me. They live fascinating lives. They’re well-traveled and well-informed about nutrition. They know what great food tastes like. I’m eager for the opportunity to cook for these delightful people. They’re going to keep me on my toes.”

Chef Joe leans toward fusion cuisine – combining the best of two or more culinary cultures or traditions. His philosophy and style come from his vast experience in the kitchens of hotels, country clubs and upscale “made from scratch” restaurants. Joe most recently served as executive chef at Luciano’s Italian Restaurant in Boise. While there, Joe put Luciano’s on the map by winning “Best Italian Restaurant of the Treasure Valley” and “Best of Boise Local Italian” in 2016.

“I love to cook Italian, but it’s not as interesting or challenging to cook the same menu items day after day. That’s what makes The Terraces a dream job for me. We’re going to be mixing it up, changing things on a weekly basis, if not more often – adding more choice, more flexible, fresh menus – at every level of living.”

Chef Joe is also committed to using Idaho Preferred® ingredients. Food and agricultural products grown, raised, or processed in the great state of Idaho. “Anytime we can use seasonal, locally-sourced food, that’s what we’ll do. I want our menus to reflect the natural, health-focused culture of The Terraces. It’s northwest comfort food with Boise flair.”

When Chef Joe isn’t cooking something up at The Terraces, he’s likely researching recipes at home in Boise.

To taste Chef Joe’s fusion cuisine, join us for a complimentary lunch or dinner. Complete our contact form by clicking here, and someone from our team will be in touch soon.

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