Ivy Stark of Dos Caminos - Biography

New York, NY

June 2012

Ivy Stark’s culinary passion began as a child in Colorado, where her parents introduced her from an early age to various cuisines and exposed her to the food and hotel industry due to the nature of their jobs. Her first cooking class was at age nine, and she spent numerous summers working in the restaurant business. Ivy studied History at UCLA before attending Peter Kump’s culinary school (now the Institute for Culinary Education).

Wanting to return to the West Coast, Stark completed her externship at Border Grill in Los Angeles, which led to full-time position upon graduation in 1995. Thus began her coast-to-coast culinary career, as she took posts at Sign of the Dove, Cena, Ciudad, Rosa Mexicano, Zocalo, Brasserie 8 1/2 and, Match Uptown.

Stark joined the Dos Camonios team as executive chef of Dos Caminos Park Avenue in 2002. She then helped open Dos Caminos Soho and spent two years as its executive chef. Now, Stark oversees all Dos Caminos locations and takes part in expanding the restaurant brand. Her first book, Dos Caminos’ Mexican Street Food: 120 Authentic Recipes to Make at Home was published in 2011.