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Dustin Chen



With more than a decade of industry experience, Chef Dustin Chen most recently served as the executive sous chef and instructor at the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

He has worked in a variety of concepts ranging from cafés to fine dining establishments, including the notable downtown LA hotspot Perch. He has also taught culinary arts at the New School of Cooking.

Chef Chen also has a keen interest in wine and has passed the difficult introductory level examination for the Court of Master Sommeliers.

Chef Chen joined the faculty at the Institute of Culinary Education Los Angeles in 2021.

Work History

  • Executive Sous Chef and Instructor, Los Angeles LGBT Center, 2020-present
  • Chef Liaison and Consultant, Genghis Cohen, 2019
  • Culinary Instructor, New School of Cooking, 2017-2020
  • Sous Chef and Instructor, Amity Foundation, 2016-2017
  • Head Chef, Lohas Fresh Mart, 2015-2016
  • Chef Consultant, Energy Bistro & Karaoke, 2014-2015
  • Research and Development Chef, KCL Holding Group, 2014-2015
  • Executive Chef, PIRCH, 2013-2014
  • Sous Chef, Vertical Wine Bistro, 2013
  • Line Cook, Hot Stuff Café, 2010-2013


  • Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts – Pasadena, 2010


  • Introductory Sommelier Certificate, Court of Master Sommelier
  • ServSafe, National Restaurant Association