Joy Crump began her culinary career in Los Angeles where she worked as contract caterer for the president of Capitol Records and hosted large-scale functions for musicians and executives. While in Los Angeles, she also worked on private events for Warner Bros. Television and served as private chef for actors and executives on Warner’s television series and feature films. In 2005, Joy moved cross-country to Atlanta, Georgia where she enrolled at the Art Institute of Atlanta. While earning her degree, she studied under Chef Bradley Rouse, head chef for the Atlanta Hawks, and worked to develop specialized menus for NBA athletes and their families. Following graduation, Joy began an apprenticeship at Woodfire Grill under Chef Michael Tuohy -- an industry pioneer credited with bringing organic farm-to-table culinary practices to the Atlanta restaurant scene. During her tenure, Joy grew her skills in meat curing, butchery, fruit preservation, sauce-making and wine-pairing. When the Woodfire Grill’s ownership was turned over to Chef Kevin Gillespie in 2008 (Top Chef Season 6), Joy continued to work on his team for two years. In 2008, Joy founded FOODĒ as a home-based private event and catering company in Atlanta. In 2010, FOODĒ grew to a physical location on Caroline Street in Historic Downtown Fredericksburg, Virginia.
The Latest from Joy
Behind-the-Scenes: The Judges Go Shopping
After a Sudden Death Quickfire with an added twist, the judges do the shopping as the chefs cook for 75 superfans.
After the Knife With Richard Blais: Ep 2
Joy Crump reflects on Tom Colicchio telling her she displayed “terrible cookery” and her desire for a do-over.
Feeding Boston's Finest -- The Dishes
The cheftestants cooked a land and sea-themed dishes, then teamed up to create a meal Boston's police and fire departments.
Behind-the-Scenes with Boston's Finest
See pics from the chefs "one if by land, two if by sea" Quickfire and their meal for Boston's police and fire departments.
The Top Chef Food Festival Dishes
Ep 1: The chefs were shocked by a Sudden Death Quickfire, before they were tasked with reinventing their first dish.
Behind-the-Scenes of the TC 12 Premiere
Ep 1: The Boston cheftestants start the intense competition with a Sudden Death Quickfire and the Top Chef Food Festival.