Quick FactsHometownEl Toro, CA ProfessionExecutive Chef, Girasol, Studio City (to open in January 2013) statsEliminated in Episode 5Save a Chef Wins: 3Last Chance Kitchen Wins: 6Quickfire Wins: 0Elimination Wins: 0
CJ is the Executive Chef of Girasol Restaurant in Studio City, California, which is set to open in January 2013. He has recently returned from an apprenticeship (stage) at Restaurant Noma in Denmark, which was voted the best restaurant in the world three times. Under his apprenticeship, CJ furthers his ideals of seasonal, regional cooking that he has already begun to put to use in California. As a former professional volleyball player as well as a cancer survivor, CJ relishes facing the competition of his second run on Top Chef.