Leon grew up in a close-knit family environment where cooking and food meant business. He was in the kitchen helping his mom with her catering business by the time he was eight years old. Leon graduated from Vocational Art School then started his hospitality career with Shangri-La Hotel in Malaysia. Later he joined the Mutiara Hotel managed by Mandarin Oriental and then further traveled to The Princess Hotel in Bermuda.
Leon spent over 10 years with The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company, which gave an excellent opportunity to learn and grow with a first-class organization. During his time with Ritz-Carlton, Leon and his culinary team won the Malcolm-Baldrige Award twice; both the Five Star and Five Diamond Awards and Leon personally achieved Manager of the Year. Leon most recently held the role of Executive Chef at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando where he managed over 25 million dollars in Food and Beverage revenue and 126 employees. Leon shares his love for leading and developing individuals to expand their culinary skills and career.
Leon is the proud parent of three children, Evan (25), Evennie (20) and Jaden (18). He enjoys spending time with his kids teaching them about life from martial arts to cooking while sharing wise philosophies passed down from his father. Leon and his wife, Julie, enjoy traveling and exploring together, everything from nature and cultures to food and art.