Chef Ivar Johnson

Our Chef

Meet Ivar Johnson

Dedicated to the culinary philosophy of “keep it fresh, keep it local”, Chef Ivar Johnson has created his own unique approach to modern Italian cuisine at the shore.

Chef and owner Ivar Johnson graduated as valedictorian of The Restaurant School of Walnut Hill College, Philadelphia PA.

Chef Ivar has done apprenticeships at The Peking Duck House, NYC, Blackfish Restaurant in Conshohocken, PA, and Cafe Colore in Freehold, NJ. He has also cooked at Bistro14, LBI, and Local Smokehouse BBQ in Cookstown, NJ.

Chef Ivar

Chef Ivar showcases his culinary expertise and creativity with every dish. Whether you are a seafood lover, steak lover, or a vegetarian, there is something for you at Panini Bay.

His creativity shines through in our daily specials that are crafted to use fresh, hand-picked ingredients depending on the season and availability.


Chef Ivar, his wife Emily, their son Jonas, and daughter Lucy now call Panini Bay home. From our family’s table to yours, we invite you to explore our restaurant.

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