Joe Prete

Joe has formally been in the food industry for 18 years – but unofficially for his entire life. He grew up in Astoria, Queens watching his father open and cook in Italian restaurants, sparking his interest in the industry. Joe started his journey as a dishwasher at a local mom & pop pork store where he used to work a few hours after school. From there, he experimented with food prep, serving, managing and designing culinary experiences across delis, restaurants and hotels. He is excited to take his passion to this prestigious university. His hobbies are creating the perfect sandwich, training his dog, watching the New York Rangers and spending time his my family. Joe started with Columbia Dining in September 2021.