Born and raised in Milwaukee, Johannes’ passion for the culinary arts was nurtured at an early age by her great-grandmother Rosa, who taught Johannes to forage for ingredients and cook seasonally from a bountiful kitchen garden. As a child, Johannes’ interest in cooking was sparked while preparing daily meals for the family, including an experimental bout with handmade pasta at age ten. As she grew up and increasingly became aware of her calling as a chef, Johannes found great inspiration traveling the world and exploring destinations through their local cuisine and food traditions.
Embarking on a culinary journey to refine her craft, Johannes enrolled in Saint Paul College where she received her Associates Degree in Culinary Arts. Upon graduation she took a position as line cook at The Nicollet Island Inn, where she honed skills in sauces, butchery and pastry production. The following year, Johannes became the line cook at Lucia’s Restaurant and Wine Bar, where she trained under James Beard-Nominated Chef, Lucia Watson, whose cooking emphasized organic ingredients and natural flavors.
Johannes joined the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group in 2005 as Sous Chef of 20.21 in Minneapolis. Upon joining the 20.21 team, Johannes was quickly taken under the wing of Managing Partner and Executive Corporate Chef of the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group, Lee Hefter. Ever eager to explore, Johannes also staged at Puck’s legendary restaurants Spago Beverly Hills and Chinois on Main in 2006, while helping Puck cater the Governor’s Ball at the Oscars in 2007. Quickly rising in her culinary career, Johannes then made the move to open Puck’s first Dallas restaurant, Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck, as Executive Chef.
Since joining the Wolfgang Puck team, Johannes has spent time perfecting Puck’s philosophy of fresh ingredients and big flavor, executed in each kitchen with high standards and methodology. As Chef de Cuisine of WP24, Johannes fulfills a six-year-long culinary exploration of Asian cuisine with a menu that epitomizes haute modern Chinese cooking.
When Johannes is not at the restaurant, she can be found swing dancing, practicing trapeze or strolling through the farmer’s market for ingredients and inspirations to create new dishes.
WP 24 Restaurant & Lounge
Appearances at Los Angeles Food & Wine 2011
Red Carpet Premiere Thursday 10/13 7:00-10:00pm $250.00
Los Angeles – where celebrity meets celebrity chef! Thirty top chefs walk the red carpet in a gala kick-off night that...
Lunch at WP 24 With Guest Iron Chef ... Friday 10/14 11:30-2:30pm $125.00
A reception with delectable passed hors d'oeuvres and some refreshing bubbles is followed by a Four-Course Menu paired with...