Buddha Lo has always loved cooking, a passion he inherited from his father, who already succeeded in the restaurant business with his family’s Chinese restaurant in Port Douglas, Australia. After school Buddha would cook at his family’s restaurant and a five-star hotel on the weekends at the age of 14. After graduating high school Buddha then moved to Melbourne at age 17 to further pursue his career in cooking, he went on and enrolled at the at William Angliss Institute in Melbourne was working at two hat Restaurant at the same time. Just before Buddha graduated culinary school, he won a scholarship to a two-month stage at the two Michelin star Château Cordeillan-Bages in Pauillac, France. Returning to Australia he then worked for Raymond Capaldi one of the best chefs in the Country and eventually went on to be his head chef at age 19.
After working for Raymond Capaldi for two years he decided to move overseas to London and work, he placed his resume all around London but with the intention of one place in mind. Buddha got his dream job working for Clare Smyth and Matt Abe at the three Michelin star restaurant, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay at Royal Hospital Road. After two years in London and winning the Gordon Ramsay excellence Award he then went on to stage all over Europe in Michelin star kitchens in Sweden, Copenhagen, London and France then returning to Australia. Buddha took the Head chef role of a two-hat restaurant which retained its two hats the following year and won various awards throughout the Country and Internationally including a spot in the prestigious La Liste. During this time Buddha was a guest chef at various events including the Melbourne Cup and the Australian Open and was chef ambassador for Lavazza and Tabasco. After three years back in Melbourne he decided that he wanted to go back in the deep end and learn overseas where he landed a job at the number one restaurant in the world in the San Pellegrino’s 50 best list Eleven Madison Park, New York. During his time at Eleven Madison cooked his way through the kitchen and won the Eleven Madison Park cook battle. Buddha Is currently the Executive chef of Marky’s and Huso In NYC which is Americas only Caviar Tasting menu restaurant. Don’t be misled by his formal training, Buddha is passionate about everything to do with food and cooking whether it is eating and cooking on the side streets or working at the best restaurant in the world. Buddha Is the Season 19 Winner of Bravo Top Chef & is a contestant on season 20 World all stars which will premiere March 9th 2023.