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Top Chef: Just Desserts: Don’t Judge Johnny Iuzzini By His Tattooed Cover

October 26, 2010 12:00 PM by Lori Wilson

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Johnny Iuzzini is a well-respected chef for Jean Georges restaurant in New York and a judge on Top Chef: Just Desserts. However, viewers may have noticed he doesn’t quite fit the mold of what a critically acclaimed chef should look like. In a video clip on Bravo, Johnny Iuzzini talks about his edgy style, while the camera follows him as he gets his latest tattoo.

Sitting on his motorcycle with his 50′s pompadour hairstyle, long side burns, black tank top and tattoos covering both his upper arms, Top Chef: Just Desserts judge Johnny Iuzzini tells the camera, “Being a pastry chef is all about individuality and creativity. Looking at me you wouldn’t think I’m a pastry chef of a four star restaurant. It’s like sometimes you can’t really judge a book by its cover.”

Chef Johnny Iuzzini further explains he’s always wanted to get a nostalgic pin-up girl tattoo and now that he’s in Los Angeles to work on Top Chef: Just Desserts, he’s decided to go for it. “I remember my dad always talking about pin-ups when I was a kid and he always had an affinity for them as well.”

In the video, Johnny Iuzzini goes on to describe how he chooses the designs he has permanently inked on his body. “My tattoos seem to come from big turning points in my life, whether it’s tragedy or happiness. So, I’ve been wanting to get a pin-up girl and something recently has happened and it gave me a reason to do it.”

He ends the segment saying, “It comes down to: I’m a cook. I’ve always been a cook and I always will be a cook. That doesn’t mean I have to conform to what society thinks a cook looks like or a cook should act like or a cook should be.” He throws his arms up, shrugs his shoulders and adds, “I’m me. I’m a pastry chef.”

To watch the video of Johnny Iuzzini getting his pin-up tattoo, go to Bravo.

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