Pasta Runs in Our Family
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Chef De Cuisine
"Al Dente makes you smile"
Born and raised in Juneau, Chef Lionel Uddipa is the third generation of chefs in his family. His first restaurant job was as a dishwasher in his family's diner, where he made the kitchen his "playground" and decided to further his career in culinary school. was classically trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Atlanta, Georgia. After his studies, he moved back to the west coast to study with a host of top-tier restaurants. He then traveled to southeast Asia to learn the culture and cuisine of his roots.
Lionel's culinary experience includes work at Studio at Montage in Laguna Beach, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Luxury Spa, The Lodge at Torrey Pines, a short time at Next, and also Chicago's Tru. He staged in several Michelin-starred restaurants, while-working full time elsewhere, to broaden his range of skills.
Chef Lionel brings creativity, and enthusiasm to his kitchen at SALT. He and his team are always striving to bring fresh, delicious, and unique creations to the table.