About Judd Servidio


Welcome to Salt and Vanilla, a site dedicated to the latest food recipes created by Chef Judd Servidio. Chef Judd wants to help home cooks feel confident making elevated everyday food.

"To me, salt is one of the most important ingredients in cooking and in baking. When it comes to sweets, vanilla is my go to ingredient nine times out of ten. I don't know anyone who doesn't like vanilla! Both are so versatile, something that I strive for not only in the kitchen but in life. It seemed only natural for the name of this site to be called Salt and Vanilla!"


After culinary school in Minneapolis and nine years in the restaurant business working under 2-star Michelin, chef Daniel Patterson, chef/restaurateur Kent Rathburn In Dallas, Tx. Numerous high-end hotels including the Hilton, Hyatt, and Warwick Melrose among others, I decided to start my own catering business. A small operation at first quickly grew with word-of-mouth being my biggest advertising.

But after a few years and finding love, stability for supporting a family was a priority. I was offered a full time position with John Paul and Eloise DeJoria, co-founder of Paul Mitchell and Patron Tequila, as their private chef. The DeJoria family has giving me the opportunity of continuing my journey in growing as a chef while taking care of their family, friends, business partners, and guests.

I have also worked numerous events, parties, weddings, and celebrity dinners highlighting just a few here like cooking at the Masters for Bank of America,  charity events like Save Tibet, Taste of the America, and AMOA. You can read about the memorable meals I've prepared for numerous celebrities including the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Pierce Brosnan, President of Mexico Vicente Fox, Matthew and Camila McConaughey and one of my all time favorite band members, Robert Plant from Led Zeppelin.

  • Chuck Smith

    "I have found our chef Judd to be beyond a question of a doubt... A total complete personality mixed with culinary delight. Continuously coming up with new creations....so we will keep him :)"

  • John Paul DeJoria 

    "Chef Judd will provide you and your guests a superlative dining experience - exquisite food, awesome presentation, and unmatched service - all delivered with originality, flair, and fun."