Chef Joe Youkhan
Celebrity Chef - Champion of Chopped and Firemasters
Chef Joe Youkhan is a seasoned culinary artist and crowned champion of Chopped, the popular high-stakes cooking competition show of the Food Network. With outstanding culinary expertise and precision, Chef Joe brings a unique personal touch to delicious global cuisine. Comfort food meets fine dining in his mouth-watering creations, offering guests a truly extraordinary epicurean experience ignited by his passion and love for food.
Tapping into his natural instincts and roots in a food-centric family, Chef Joe switched gears from his successful career with motorcycles to follow his passion for food. He joined the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel culinary team. Chef Joe left the Ritz-Carlton as the Executive Chef of the Special Events/Catering Division to serve as the Executive Chef at Chat Noir in Costa Mesa before his appointment to Corporate Executive Chef, responsible for multiple locations. Chef Joe founded Chef Joe's Tasting Spoon in 2010, operating the first Italian gourmet food truck in Orange County, until selling the concept in 2018.
In 2014, Chef Joe partnered with his mates to open Aussie Pie Kitchen, where the traditional Aussie Pie was been re-imagined into remarkable savory pies in a variety of flavors and paired with gourmet sides. Aussie Pie Kitchen had two locations in Santa Monica and Inglewood (near LAX).
Currently, Chef Joe is the Co-owner of SmörBurgers with 2 locations - 4th Street Market Place, and Irvine Trade Food Hall. In 2020, Chef Joe partnered with Western Hospitality Catering to provide a fresh innovative dining experience to all. Chef Joe oversees all culinary operations and is engaged in catering, menu development, and restaurant concepting. He is also the National Culinary Director of Western Golf + Hospitality.
Chef Joe is available for consulting on both new and existing restaurant concepts. In addition, he conducts personalized, fun, and interactive cooking classes for your family, group of friends or corporate team.
Chef Joe pulls from his exposure to a variety of cuisines, his extensive catering background and his incredible palette to create magnificent and memorable cuisine. He loves to share his passion for food with his guests.