From Bawlmer, Maryland

John is often called the "Culinary Ambassador of the Chesapeake Bay" and he has written three popular cookbooks on the cuisine of the region:

  • The Chesapeake Bay Cookbook
  • The Chesapeake Bay Crab Cookbook, and
  • Chesapeake Bay Cooking with John Shields.

In 1998, public television stations across the country began airing John's series "Chesapeake Bay Cooking.” He opened Gertrude’s in 1998 as a tribute to Chesapeake food and his grandmother, Gertie. He lives in Towson, Maryland and works at the restaurant throughout the week.

  1. 1. Who is your favorite singer? Laura Nyro
  2. 2. If you were a superhero, what would be your superpower? Teleport
  3. 3. What is your favorite restaurant? Winding Stairs, in Dublin, Ireland
  4. 4. What three celebrities, dead or alive, would you invite to dinner? Joan Rivers, Ivan Illich, Isabel Allende
  5. 5. Where is your favorite place in the world? West Cork, Ireland