Meet Our Executive Chef
Howard Ko brings over 11 years of culinary experience, extraordinary talent and a fresh new perspective to CÉ LA VI Dubai. Raised in Los Angeles, CA, he recognised a deep-rooted love for food and found himself exploring his curiosity in the kitchen. To pursue his dream of becoming a chef, he moved to New York to train at The Culinary Institute of America, which focuses on culinary, baking, and pastry arts education with renowned alumni including Anthony Bourdain and Grant Achatz.
He began his culinary journey in 2006 at DANIEL, a Michelin-starred restaurant in New York. He has worked with several Michelin-starred venues including Picholine, Restaurant Mélisse, The Restaurant at Meadowood and The French Laundry, where he worked alongside Timothy Hollingsworth, famous restauranteur and the winner of Final Table.