Executive Chef Stephen Gillanders
In Residence: October 29, 2015
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Chef Stephen Gillanders began his culinary training at the age of 15 when his mother saw an article for a teen cooking class at a local culinary arts school. He never looked back. After graduating high school, Gillanders went on to Los Angeles Mission College before transferring to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, acquiring an associates and bachelor degree in Culinary Arts Management at both, respectively.
While in Las Vegas, Gillanders won the title of San Pellegrino’s ‘Almost Famous’ Chef competition. This national cooking contest, designed to help students learn firsthand from some of the world’s most famous culinary personalities about what it takes to a successful chef, provided Gillanders a wealth of opportunities and exposure, including an appearance on Today and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work for Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Gillanders took on the role of sous chef at Prime at Bellagio and then executive sous chef at Jean-Georges Steakhouse at Aria.
After a decade in Las Vegas, Gillanders left to travel through Asia (where he proposed to his wife), returning to the United States in 2011 for an executive chef position with Jean-Georges Management. There he oversaw all nine New York City restaurants as well as lead the opening teams for nine other domestic and international projects, including The Pump Room in Chicago and Jean-Georges Tokyo.
Chef Gillanders joined Leye as Intro’s Executive Chef and Partner after his tenure at Intro as visiting chef continuing to explore innovations in food, destinations, dining and helping the collaborative process with other future visiting chefs.