Ivan was a mason, and Katherine baked out of her own kitchen after working in several five star restaurants. Since she didn't want to leave her son with a babysitter, she started preparing orders for customers who picked them up. She also prepared food for the residents in several nursing homes but these she delivered, always bringing Joe along. She told Joe that these older people needed love and some of them didn't even have families left to visit them. Joe knew at that moment what he was going to do when he grew up.
Joe spent most of his time in the kitchen with his mother. He loved the aromas from all the food that she cooked. When he was just a toddler, his mother gave him bowls and pots and pans to play with to keep him occupied. At first he just banged them together, but one day he started following the example his mother set for him and started playing that he was a cook.
When it came time to start school, Joe hated leaving the house all day and couldn't wait to return to the kitchen. He learned from his mother how to cook, bake and decorate cakes and he never grew tired of it.
Joe felt that the time he spent in school was just a necessary task that was forced on him. He knew that he had to do it, so he did the best he could. When he graduated, he got a job as a dishwasher in a small restaurant. When the owner discovered that Joe knew more about cooking that he did, he moved Joe up to head cook. From there Joe moved up to better restaurants and learned even more techniques in cooking and baking. Eventually when he saw the ad for a cook wanted at the Yoknapatawpha Acres nursing home, he applied for it and got the job.
He met his wife to be there, and Joe and Beverly have been married for 8 years. They have two children. His son wants to be a cook just like dad.