Known as much for his butchery skills as his culinary chops, Josh Gerwin, a native Santa Fean, ventured east early in life, where he attended the New England Culinary Institute and came away not only with a degree but earned the Institute’s “Golden Tong Award” for best savory chef in his class.
After serving as sous chef at the prestigious Five Diamond Fairmont Princess Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, he relocated to New Mexico. His first culinary venture in the Land of Enchantment came as the chief operator of the Curbside Café, a revolutionary food truck stationed in Santa Fe, which made high-end gourmet food affordable.
In May, 2009, Gerwin leased and reopened the historic 300-year-old Casa Vieja in Corrales, where he created a menu featuring rustic New Mexican fare showcasing fresh, local produce from the Corrales Growers’ Market and other local purveyors of freshness. By year’s end, he had garnered “Best Chef in Albuquerque” recognition from readers of the Alibi. A year later, Alibi readers accorded Casa Vieja “Best Restaurant in Albuquerque” honors.
Gerwin then opened Dr. Field Goods Kitchen in 2012, where he put into practice his desire to have a “New Mexico fusion meets the rest of the world” cuisine. Capitalizing on his dream of being a kind of one-top-shop, Gerwin then opened Dr. Field Goods Butcher Shop & Bakery, just down from the Kitchen. Both establishments exemplify his desire to use local, sustainable agriculture as much as possible.