Story #006 – Luis Young

NAME: Luis Young

CULINARY SCHOOL AFFILIATION: Johnson & Wales University, North Miami, FL


Chef Luis Young


Chef Young started his career at a very young age in his hometown in Panama City, Panama. While all his school friends were playing during summer vacation, Luis was learning how to work the garde manger station at Eurasia. Soon after finishing high school Luis got a cooking diploma from the Academia de Artes Culinarias in Panama.

In 2008 Luis enrolled at Johnson & Wales University in North Miami, where he earned an Associate Degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor’s Degree in Food Service Management. During his time at Johnson & Wales Luis won several competitions, including the San Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef in 2010.

He also showed an interest in the front of the house and earned several certifications including from the Society of Wine Educators (SWE), the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET), and from The German Wine School in Koblenz Germany. In 2014 Luis traveled to San Sebastián, Spain where he successfully completed his Master Degree from The University of Mondragon at The Basque Culinary Center.

Chef Young’s work represents the perfect match between luxury and simplicity. His technique evokes the highest levels of quality and attention to detail, maintaining a clean and fresh style. His food is a constant homage to great ingredients.

His professional experience has been forged in the world’s finest kitchens, from his time as an intern at Martin Berasategui, Alinea, and the Celler De Can Roca, to his work as a professional at the French Laundry. A common thread is perceived through his work which brings together a path of gastronomic excellence and a precedent of unique experiences with food and fine dining.

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