TJ® Kitchen

Some might say a job in the Taco John’s Test Kitchen is one of the best in the world. Follow our Corporate Chef Bob Karisny and his team members Sissy and Carl as they stir up new menu creations and research today’s food trends. They might even throw in a few recipes.

Bob Karisny, Corporate Chef, Taco John's®

Food is more than a job for me – it’s a passion. I would rather cook than do almost anything. Although I love all types of food and cuisine from around the world, the more I learn about Mexican food, the more I realize how interesting and flavorful it is.

Bob Karisny

Carl Blackbird, Test Kitchen Chef, Taco John's®

I first was in a restaurant kitchen when I was 14. Ever since that day I couldn’t get making food for others out of my blood. I tried other things but none gave me the same great feeling. It’s a job I never stop learning at and love learning at, one delicious bite after another.

Carl Blackbird

Sissy Kramer, Research Manager, Taco Johns®

My start in fast food was back at the tender age of 17 years old. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life and needed to pay my rent. Low and behold, 28 years later (it would be rude to do that math, you know) here I am.

Sissy Kramer

Life Goals

Recently, I went to a goal-setting workshop where we focused on our life goals using the SMART business goals model. Asking myself what I want to be doing in one, five, ten and 20 years really made me think. 

I have been in quick-service for over 30 years, starting out as a team member at McDonald's when I was 17 years old and working my way up the ladder. I loved that in the workshop we did a fun exercise where we cut out pictures and made our “goals” poster. I even put mine up in my office as a reminder that I need to work EVERY DAY to achieve my goals. The beauty of sharing goals is that others can help you to attain them.