Chef Andre Fowles of Miss Lily's - Biography

New York, NY

September 2016

Jamaican Chef Andre Fowles was born and raised in Central Kingston, and trailed his grandmother, Mama Cherry, in the kitchen from a young age—watching her every move. Fowles’ father taught his son the necessity of having goals and the value of hard work. Fowles received his initial culinary training at Runaway Bay HEART Academy and later, once he’d arrived in New York, would continue his education at the Culinary Institute of America.

But before that, Fowles got to work. From 2006 to 2010, he cooked at both Mac’s Chop House as pastry and pantry chef and at Top Shelf Catering as sous chef. His most formative cooking experience was at Round Hill Hotel and Villas Montego Bay under Chef Martin Maginley, where he had the privilege (and challenge) of cooking for Paul McCartney and his family for a week.

Drawn back to New York in 2014, Fowles found a culinary home at Manhattan’s Jamaican-Caribbean mash-up Miss Lily’s, working with StarChefs Rising Star alum Adam Schop. Today, Fowles is chef de cuisine of Miss Lily’s Soho and East Village. In 2016, Fowles won the Food Network show “Chopped” and was invited back for the “Chopped Championship.” But, for Fowles, the real prize was sharing his modern take on Jamaican food on an international stage.