A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, John began his career at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City in 1978, and quickly moved up the ranks to the role of Executive Chef at the age of 27 where he held that position for 23 years. Throughout those years, he has cooked for more Kings, Presidents, and Heads of State, than any other Chef. He authored The Waldorf-Astoria Cookbook, and received the prestigious James Beard Silver Spoon Award, an Honorary Doctorate from Johnson and Wales University and an Honorary Masters Degree from the Culinary Institute of America.
With a keen desire to focus on quality ingredients sourced from local purveyors, John opened BLACKBARN Restaurant in the NoMad section of New York City in September of 2015. Although preparing meals for Presidents and Dignitaries was inspiring, Doherty responded to a higher calling with a desire to feed those in need so, he founded Heavenly HARVST Foundation in 2015 and HARVST Foods in 2018 through which he is determined to make a positive impact on hunger globally.