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The Nosh Story

Nosh on Naples Bay is making headlines for redefining fine dining with a modern, upscale vibe that delivers globally inspired cuisine and small, shareable plates from its stunning waterfront setting at the Naples Bay Resort & Marina. It’s all part of the plan to create exceptional social dining experiences for guests at this latest open-concept restaurant design from Executive Chef Todd Johnson and his wife, Dana.

Today, Chef Todd has been recognized with many top awards in the world of gourmet cuisine. His success has only strengthened his passion for crafting sophisticated culinary experiences for food lovers. Returning home to open Nosh on Naples Bay, Chef Todd has combined the best of waterfront dining with flavor-filled global cuisine featuring small, shareable plates that spark conversation and enjoyment.

Our Team At Nosh on Naples Bay

Chef Todd Johnson – Executive Chef

Todd Johnson has deep culinary roots in Collier and Lee counties, Florida, which began over 35 years ago. His love of the culinary arts developed into a passion when he attended Culinary School at Johnson & Wales University in 1992. He got into restaurant ownership when he opened Bistro 41 in the Bell Tower Shops in Fort Myers, Florida as Executive Chef/Partner in 1997. Thanks to his passion, drive and to his business partners, Jeff Gately and Michael Hernandez, Bistro 41 quickly became a huge success, becoming best new restaurant in Lee County and becoming Zagat guides’ top 100 best new restaurants in the nation. Todd has tremendous drive to create new dishes, work with the freshest ingredients and has led numerous chefs under him, many of them moving on to run their own restaurants and kitchens. In the last 18 years, he has opened six restaurants as Executive Chef/Partner, which include Bistro 41 (Fort Myers), Aqua Grill in Waterside Shops (Naples), Mia’s in Hyde Park (Tampa), Rumrunners, The Joint and RunAgrounds (Cape Harbour, Cape Coral). Todd is involved with numerous local charities in Lee and Collier counties including Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, which is in the top 5 food and wine fundraisers in the nation. Todd founded “The Celebrity Chef’s Dinner” charity at Rumrunners, which raised over a million dollars for the Golisano Children’s Hospital/Barbara’s Friends. He has been in numerous newspaper write-ups, local magazines, local television, led VIP dinners in Sonoma, California for Mauritson Wines and has had the privilege of working with many celebrity chefs.

Dana Johnson – Chief Operating Officer

Dana Johnson began working in the restaurant business in 1985 in Tulsa, Oklahoma and then expanded into restaurant and hotel banquets in Dallas, Texas. She moved to Naples, Florida in 1990 and quickly met her future husband, Todd, in the restaurant business. Together, they began their restaurant journey while building their family in Naples. They have two beautiful children, both of whom have gone on to have jobs in the restaurant industry. For over 30 years, Dana has been involved with Todd at charity events and functions, both serving and attending, while also maintaining a career as a paralegal. She currently handles the administration and financials of Nosh on Naples Bay. “This restaurant has been a dream come true for us. We love being located on the water and being so close to our friends and family in Naples.”

Matt Johnson, Managing Partner

Matt Johnson

Managing Partner

Richard Howze, Executive Sous Chef

Richard Howze

Executive Sous Chef

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    Chef Todd | Johnson Executive Chef

    Chef Todd Johnson Executive ChefTodd Johnson has deep culinary roots in Collier and Lee counties, Florida, which began over 35 years ago. His love of the culinary arts developed into a passion when he attended Culinary School at Johnson & Wales University in 1992. He got into restaurant ownership when he opened Bistro 41 in the Bell Tower Shops in Fort Myers, Florida as Executive Chef/Partner in 1997. Thanks to his passion, drive and to his business partners, Jeff Gately and Michael Hernandez, Bistro 41 quickly became a huge success, becoming best new restaurant in Lee County and becoming Zagat guides’ top 100 best new restaurants in the nation. Todd has tremendous drive to create new dishes, work with the freshest ingredients and has led numerous chefs under him, many of them moving on to run their own restaurants and kitchens. In the last 18 years, he has opened six restaurants as Executive Chef/Partner, which include Bistro 41 (Fort Myers), Aqua Grill in Waterside Shops (Naples), Mia’s in Hyde Park (Tampa), Rumrunners, The Joint and RunAgrounds (Cape Harbour, Cape Coral). Todd is involved with numerous local charities in Lee and Collier counties including Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, which is in the top 5 food and wine fundraisers in the nation. Todd founded “The Celebrity Chef’s Dinner” charity at Rumrunners, which raised over a million dollars for the Golisano Children’s Hospital/Barbara’s Friends. He has been in numerous newspaper write-ups, local magazines, local television, led VIP dinners in Sonoma, California for Mauritson Wines and has had the privilege of working with many celebrity chefs.

    Dana Johnson | Chief Operating Officer

    Dana Johnson NOSH Chief Operating OfficerDana Johnson began working in the restaurant business in 1985 in Tulsa, Oklahoma and then expanded into restaurant and hotel banquets in Dallas, Texas. She moved to Naples, Florida in 1990 and quickly met her future husband, Todd, in the restaurant business. Together, they began their restaurant journey while building their family in Naples. They have two beautiful children, both of whom have gone on to have jobs in the restaurant industry. For over 30 years, Dana has been involved with Todd at charity events and functions, both serving and attending, while also maintaining a career as a paralegal. She currently handles the administration and financials of Nosh on Naples Bay. “This restaurant has been a dream come true for us. We love being located on the water and being so close to our friends and family in Naples.”

    Matt Johnson | Managing Partner

    Matt Johnson, Managing PartnerMatt Johnson was raised in Naples, Florida and was introduced to the restaurant business at 16 years old. He began washing dishes after school every day and quickly climbed the ranks working as bus boy, pizza maker, pantry cook, bartender, server and dining manager. Although his family tree is full of people in the kitchen, Matt discovered his passion was in the front of house. “I’ve always enjoyed the stories and conversations that go along with great food, wine and spirits.” His strong front-of-house skills have led him to jobs on 5th Avenue South, Naples including Ocean Prime and Tommy Bahama. His adventure into craft cocktails and global wines has given him the knowledge to build a unique cocktail list and delicious and diverse wine list for Nosh. Matt is blessed with a beautiful wife, Leonela, and handsome 7-year-old boy, Samuel.

    Richard Howze | Executive Sous Chef

    Richard Howze, Executive Sous Chef Richard Howze began working at Fort Belvoir for the Department of Defense. He comes to Nosh with over 35 years of experience in the restaurant business. He began working in kitchens at the age of 15. Locally, he has worked at Naples Grande Beach Resort, Edgewater Beach Hotel, Rumrunners, Rosy Tomorrows Heritage Farm, with Brian Roland, and as a chef on private yachts. He currently resides with his wife, Melody, in Cape Coral, Florida. They are currently raising two beautiful daughters and enjoy everything Southwest Florida has to offer.