F&W's #FOODWINEWOMEN series spotlights top women in food and drink in collaboration with Toklas Society. Follow the hashtag on Twitter (@foodandwine). Here, chef Joe Simone discusses his relationship with famed chef and cookbook author Paula Wolfert.
On June 22, Joe Simone, owner and chef at Simone’s in Warren, Rhode Island, will host a cooking class in honor of legendary chef and cookbook author Paula Wolfert to benefit the Rhode Island chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Wolfert, who announced in 2013 that she had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, has since become active in promoting awareness of the disease. Simone’s event will feature Wolfert’s recipes, as well as a discussion about food, memory, history and culture. We sat down with him to learn more about what inspired this tribute.
You studied math and economics in college. How did you end up becoming a chef?