When the opportunity to open his own restaurant in Albany came around, he took the chance and has been confident and successful ever since. Staying true to his roots, Yono’s culinary style involves exotic spices and complex flavors. He also strives to educate others about the art of cooking and culture, and hosts classes, demonstrations, and lectures. To further make a difference in his community, he is affiliated with over 75 charitable and community service organizations. He is recognized by national magazines and journals, such as Forbes, for his generous nature and passion for sharing his knowledge.

Chef Yono will treat this year’s feast- goers to 24-hour braised beef short ribs, and spiced kale with mashed potatoes.