Art, an Executive Chef since 2001, began his early years in Laos, before moving to the United States at the age of 11 years old. He grew up in Florida, surrounded in tradition and the culture of his Laos heritage, with his parents, siblings and extended family. He joined the US Navy where he cooked for his fellow service men and women for 7 years. It was there that his passion for cooking was recognized.
After leaving the Navy, he moved to Midwest where he continued to pursue his passion for culinary arts attending college and working in a local steakhouse. He moved up the ranks quickly gaining experience in kitchen management and food preparation as he worked for a variety of venues for over 30 years creating dishes that have earned him awards and industry recognition.
In addition to creating amazing dishes in the kitchen, Chef Art has the unique talent of carving stunning sculptures from blocks of ice. In fact, he has been recognized with the top prize for his sculptures. Outside the kitchen, Chef Art uses his abilities to benefit others by volunteering locally.
“To serve people good food and see them smile – THAT is what it is all about!” – Chef Art