Joey Hernandez, full name Joseph Leon Hernandez[1], is a food reviewer and personal chef in the catering industry from San Jose, California. He is the creator and star of the JoeysWorldTour YouTube channel.

Career Edit

Restaurants Edit

Joey Hernandez spent many of his years in the restaurant industry as a manager of several establishments. Some of his jobs included Manager/Owner of The Burrito Factory, Sous Chef at Umunhum Food & Wine Restaurant, Pastry Chef at The Village Cafe, and Kitchen Manager at Charlie Blair's Pizza & Grill. He cooked with Michelin Star chefs David Kinch of Manresa and Michael Miller of Trevese.[2]

Personal Edit

Since 2012, Joey has worked as a personal chef and caterer for Sublime Flavor Catering.

YouTube Edit

Joey has been on YouTube since 2011. He is the creator and star of the popular YouTube channel JoeysWorldTour (Joeypedia page), which has over 350,000 subscribers and over 20 million views. The channel features Joey's food reviews and other videos.

Joey has said that he got into YouTube food reviews "by accident." He was between jobs in 2012 and began uploading food challenges and cooking videos to pass the time. One day, he decided to do a fast-food review in his car. Initially, he was accused of copying YouTube user Daym Drops, who uses a similar format for his videos. However, Joey contacted Daym and received his "blessing" and support, and decided to continue doing reviews.

Joey has said that his YouTube income does not cover his living expenses, and he still works his chef/catering job on the weekends.[3]

Blogger Edit

Joey formerly wrote a blog called "Sublime Flavor!". It began in 2008 and ended in 2013 when the domain expired.

The blog's tagline was "A global food and wine blog dotted with mouthwatering recipes, musings, and reviews!" On the "About" page, Joey wrote "The goal of this site is to provide you insights, recipes and musings about food, wine, life and dessert!" The early days of the blog featured Joey's original recipes and reports about local food businesses. Later, it evolved to feature mostly recipes from other sites and news about the food industry.[4]

Hobbies Edit

Joey's hobbies include video gaming, playing golf, making videos for YouTube, cooking and "doing Little League." He has also shown an interest in professional wrestling, including attending Wrestlemania Axxess 2015.

Other hobbies he has mentioned include music (singing karaoke) and film (favorite movies include The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, The Shining, and Point Break).

Family and Personal Life Edit

Joey has a cousin, who stated that Joey's ethnicity is half Mexican, half Sicilian and possibly Jewish.

Joey in his chef attire.

Joey has stated that family is the most important thing in his life. Otherwise, little is known of Joey's personal life.

Joey is also seen to be a very kind person, as he included a video where he wrote down every new subscriber he got into a notebook to show he cares.

Joey's WeightEdit

Joey's weight has been a subject of contention ever since he had started his YouTube channel. While his actual weight has never been determined, it is very clear through observation that he is morbidly obese. Most comments call him names, including "fat ass" and "pig." He brought these types of comments up in a fan shout out video from a while back, when addressing a hater. While these comments have done little to phase Joey, he created one vlog showing him walking around a track, mentioning that he had lost 40 pounds. However, in later YouTube comments he stated that he had given up on fitness altogether.

Needs source [ In a recent Papa Johns Pizza super cool food review he stated his weight is over 400lbs when asked by a super cool fan (TJ) ]

The cause of Joey's weight has been widely speculated. Some cite his propensity to eat very quickly as an eating disorder, namely binge eating, but there is little evidence to support this. However, it can be surmised that Joey's love of food, combined with copious amounts of fast food, is the main culprit.

Despite this, Joey has continued to build a growing channel through his passion with food and unceasing interaction with fans. Though some fans are concerned for his health and overall well being, Joey's weight is arguably one of the appeals of his channel.

Personal Philosophy Edit

Needs source / confirmation from Joey [ It is believed that Joey is a Christian, because he used to include "John 3:16" in his video descriptions (reference to the Bible) ]

References Edit

  1. Joseph Leon Hernandez's personal account, Linkedin.
  2. About Me. Sublime Flavor [blog]. Archived at
  3. D'Souza, Karen. "Move over Hollywood, this is the age of the YouTube star." The Mercury News. October 11, 2015.
  4. Sublime Flavor! [blog]. Archived at*/