In his role as executive chef of Oyster Bar and Waterfront, Chef John Ross brings his experience and flair for imaginative and sumptuous seafood creations to tables every day. Having most recently served as executive chef of the fames Neptune Oyster in Boston, Chef John is already an established and beloved personality in the local culinary scene.
Born and raised in North Carolina, Chef John got an early start in the restaurant business bussing tables at a family friend's restaurant through his teenage years. His enthusiasm and work ethic quickly earned him a promotion to prep cook, and his rapid ascent continued through jobs as a line chef and as a manager at various restaurants before he ultimately obtained degrees from the Culinary Institute of America and University of Nevada.
In 2006, Chef John became executive sous chef and later executive chef for Blue Water Bistro in Naples, Florida, before starting The Alibi in 2009, a late-night sandwich restaurant in Miami that became an overnight success. Later, Chef John moved to Boston to return to the fine dining environment that he loved. He held positions as sous chef for Sorellina and executive sous chef for The Painted Burro and Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant until he was offered the position of executive chef at Neptune Oyster. Under Chef John’s stewardship, Neptune Oyster consistently ranked among the best seafood restaurants in Boston and was named "Best Seafood Restaurant 2015" by Boston Magazine.
In his free time, John is an avid cyclist and participant in the annual Pan-Mass Challenge. He lives in Winthrop with his wife and their two cats.