Born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1963, Joe Castro was raised by a Kentucky mother who loved to bake country hams, and a Filipino father, also a doctor, who enjoyed fixing fish heads and feeding them to him at midnight. Both his brother and brother-in-law are chefs, and his wife is a pastry chef.
Following school, Chef Castro interned at the Lai Lai Sheraton Hotel in Taipei, Taiwan and the CTIC Chinatrust Hotel in Kaohsuing, Taiwan. He then worked his way up in the kitchen of the Embassy Row Hotel in Washington, DC for five years.
In 1992, Dieter Kindermann, Vice President of Operations for the Camberley Hotel Group, who owned the Brown Hotel, brought Chef Castro back home to run the English Grill. Four years later, in 1996, the Great Chefs television crew converged on the hotel to tape Chef Castro for the Discovery Channel’s Great Chefs of the South and Great Chefs of America television series.
In 2007, Chef Castro was enticed to move across town in Louisville to become the Culinary Training Manager for General Electric’s Monogram Appliances, where he remains today in 2016.