Joey Edwards tuned into his love of cooking at an early age, enjoying the opportunity to channel his creativity into making something delicious. Coming from a large family, Joey started as the top taste tester and quickly graduated to family cook, realizing that cooking was a way he could contribute and make people happy. While attending Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Orlando, Florida, and working at a local barbecue restaurant, Joey took his culinary commitment one step further and spent his days off working for free in the kitchen of the best restaurant in his area. His determination landed him a paying job in their kitchen, and that is where he fell in love with the pace and energy of the culinary industry and solidified that it was the path for him.
Joey joined The Barn at Blackberry Farm® team in 2013 as a cook. He got married in 2015 and left Blackberry Farm to embark on a backpacking adventure through Africa and Europe. He was working on a farm in Portugal when The Barn Executive Chef Cassidee Dabney asked him to return to Blackberry Farm as her sous chef in January 2016. Joey embraced the chance to return to the kitchen environment where he feels the perfect blend of art, nature, organization and adrenaline. In 2020, Joey was promoted and made the transition to Blackberry Mountain as the PM Executive Chef of Three Sisters. Joey’s love of cooking and foraging blends seamlessly into his personal life where he enjoys cooking with foraged ingredients, typically over an open fire, and preferably with a good bottle of wine.