NAME: Adam Roy

CULINARY SCHOOL AFFILIATION: Joliet Junior College, Joliet, IL



Chef Adam Roy was born and raised in Chicago, IL, USA. He started his career as a dishwasher in a small 9 table restaurant in his hometown of Frankfort, Illinois. He continued working there for many years and eventually took over as chef. After working in various other food and beverage establishments, he decided to attend culinary school and enrolled in the nearby Joliet Junior College where he earned an associate degree in Culinary Arts.

After graduating from Joliet Junior College, he worked his way around the United States including being employed as a pastry cook in Chicago and a hot kitchen cook at the famous Mount Washington Resort in New Hampshire. Eventually the travel itch took over and he took a private chef’s position on a luxury yacht that sailed the Mediterranean Sea including stops in Greece, France, Italy and Spain.

His career continued in other areas of the globe when he was hand selected for a mini-ambassadorship and a 1-year exchange program in Germany, which is where Chef Roy learned the German language. Enjoying Europe, Chef Roy accepted a 1-year position in Zurich, Switzerland at the Dolder Grand Hotel. He then returned home to the United States before joining Holland America Line where he cooked on large cruise ships traveling the globe, from Russia and Northern Europe, to Hawaii and South America.

Eventually Chef Roy left the ships and moved to Singapore where he worked while attend a 3-week Asian cooking school, learning traditional Chinese Dim Sum, Chinese BBQ, Thai Cuisine as well as Chinese Vegetarian and Regional Cuisines. This led to a job working as a chef de cuisine with the Novotel group in Bangkok, Thailand and then various chefs position working for the Shangri-la Hotel Group in 5 different hotels located in Oman, Malaysia and China for close to 10 years. In total, Chef Roy has lived overseas for more than 20 years and has worked in almost every hospitality industry situation one could imagine. During this time, he also earned his bachelors and Master of Science in Hospitality Management remotely from Florida International University. 



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