Farm to Tray Stories: Chef Yvan Lemoine

Soup Kitchen Stories: 2018

Biography: Yvan David Lemoine, Executive Chef, Gitano NYC


Yvan Lemoine is the Executive Chef at Gitano NYC. Prior to Gitano, Yvan was the Executive chef at Union Fare. Before that, he worked with Tao Group for 8 years opening Lavo, Arlington club, and Surf Lodge, as a bartender, bar manager, and chef eventually becoming the Chef de Cuisine at Bodega Negra and the Dream Hotel Downtown. Yvan has appeared in a multitude of television programs including Food Network Star in which he came in second place,  Chopped, and Despierta America on Univision.

Yvan was born in Venezuela and at the age of 13, moved to Brooklyn, NY. He attended Long Island City H.S. where he was introduced to fine dining with the help of C-Cap: Careers through Culinary Arts Program. Yvan began his career at 15 years old in the famed French Manhattan restaurant La Caravelle with chef Cyril Renaud. Yvan then went on to work with Jacques Torres at Le Cirque 2000, then with Rocco Dispirito and Sam Mason. He then went on to cook for dignitaries and royalty at the French consulate in NYC. In 2015, Yvan won the Daniel Boulud/ Paul Bocuse full scholarship and attended the prestigious Institut Paul Bocuse in Lyon, France. He then had the opportunity to work at Le Neuvieme Art, a 2-star Michelin restaurant in Lyon with Chef Christophe Roure MOF. Yvan currently holds a Masters in hospitality management from Cornell University and is the author 2 books: Food Fest 365!: The Officially Fun Food Holiday Cookbook and Comidas USA. Yvan currently lives in Manhattan, plays the guitar, and is getting married in Tulum February of 2019!