This event was held on October 15, 2011 at Pittsfield Branch: Program Room
Join us as Alex shares his culinary passions, how he got to where he's at and what his recent win of the James Beard Award has meant for him, Zingerman's and Ann Arbor. He will also bring tasty samples of food!
Zingerman's Roadhouse Chef Alexander Young was born in London. At an early age, his family moved to San Francisco, then, at 17 he moved to New York City. His first cooking job was with a feature film location catering company, catering to such stars at Michael Douglas, Alan Alda, Danny Devito, and Madonna. He later took a job as assistant kitchen manager with the China Grill working under Chef Mako Tenaka, Wolfgang Puck's top chef, then moved on to a position as Executive Sous Chef at the Doral Court Hotel.
In late 1990, Alex accepted a position as Executive Chef at the Ann Arbor Hilton, then traveled the country pursuing his goal of Corporate Executive Chef. He opened the Pittsburg Fish Market for the Hilton Restaurant Group as Regional Executive Chef and also created an upscale American Bistro concept opening in Chicago, IL and Alexandria, VA.
In 1997 a mutual friend introduced Alex to Ari and Paul of Zingerman's. In 2001, they agreed to open a restaurant together. The Roadhouse opened September 15, 2003, and Alex has never looked back.