Trained in Switzerland, Chef Ara spent his childhood cooking in the kitchen with his grandmother. After moving to the US in the late 80s, he began his culinary career and was eventually recruited by celebrity chef, Wolfgang Puck. After spending years on the road in various restaurants, he developed an affinity and love for Texas BBQ and has created his own unique brand found exclusively at Harlem Road Texas BBQ.
A maker of many cuisines, chef Ara's classic cooking and contribution to the local community continues to feed Houston’s soul. He sources his ingredients from local farmers, ranchers, artisans and purveyors and can regularly be found at the weekend farmer’s market selecting goods from friends to prepare his next feast. Chef Ara takes advantage of any opportunity to support those around him and give back. He is dedicated to supporting children as well as veterans, service members, law enforcement and emergency responders. He has opened 14 restaurants across the country, soon to be 15 upon Harlem Road BBQ’s debut in Richmond, TX.