Meet the chef behind June in Peoria
Food has always played a big role in the life of Josh Adams, the chef and owner of June in Peoria. A Peoria native, Josh curiously played around in the kitchen with his mother and grandmother growing up. The two quickly recognized the talent in the budding chef, so Josh’s mother decided to sign him up for his first cooking class at the mere age of 10.
Josh fell in love with the kitchen and started working at a restaurant after graduating from high school. Although he developed a strong passion for cooking, Josh decided to put his dreams on hold and join the family business. In his spare time, he continued to pursue his passion by studying the culinary arts and whipping up dishes in his kitchen.
However, that all changed one fateful night when Josh dined at the kitchen table at Chicago’s famous Charlie Trotter’s. The insider’s view of the kitchen at such a celebrated restaurant set his culinary passion ablaze. Before leaving Charlie Trotter’s, Josh spoke with chef de cuisine Matthias Merges. Much to Josh’s surprise, and delight, the chef offered him a stagier position in the kitchen for the night.
From that moment on, Josh put all his energy into cultivating his culinary career. He honed his skills at some of the best restaurants in the country, including the award-winning Alinea and Revolver. In 2007, Josh began working at Vie in suburban Chicago, a restaurant focused on a farm-fresh approach.
Vie inspired Josh to focus on seasonal and locally-sourced products for his succulent dishes. After many successful years at Vie, Josh knew it was time to make the move back to Peoria and showcase the river town’s delicious flavors. He made the decision to pack up his knives and open his own restaurant, June. What resulted is a culinary experience like no other, unforgettable for locals and visitors alike.
Josh and his team highlight the enchanting flavors of every season, bake all breads in-house and preserve farm-fresh ingredients through canning techniques. His approach to food showcases Peoria’s local ingredients at their peak, offering full body flavors that will melt in your mouth and tantalize your taste buds.
Whether you’re a foodie on a culinary exploration of Illinois, a traveler looking for a fantastic meal or a Peoria native, a meal at June will make you want to come back for more.
–The Illinois Office of Tourism