By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Mar 30, 2012 at 8:40 AM Photography: Whitney Teska

Chef Justin Johnson – who we first profiled when he ran the kitchen and brought big changes to Tosa's Harwood Place residential community – and who later ran the food operations at Hotel Metro has taken a new position.

"I'm going to be taking over chef duties at the UW Health Partners Regional Medical Center in Watertown," Johnson tells me.

"They have a very progressive vision for what they want to do with food service from sourcing locally to even growing some of our own produce."

Johnson, who left Hotel Metro in December and is now a contributor to begins his new job, "bright and early Monday morning," he says.

Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.