Rising Star Pastry Chef Joel Lahon of Nobu Miami Beach - Biography
Miami Beach, FL
Joel Lahon grew up in Southwest France, harvesting wheat and corn in the summer, picking wine grapes in the fall, and making jams, pates, and terrines of foie gras with his grandmother for the winter. To no one’s great surprise, after a post graduation trip around Southeast Asia and Europe, he returned to France and enrolled in culinary school at the Bordeaux Academy.
One bakery apprenticeship and culinary degree later, Lahon moved to London to work at L’Escargot, where he quickly moved into the position of pastry chef. In 2000, he knocked at the door of Nobu London and never looked back. Lahon traveled to Japan to work in Nobu Tokyo and in 2003 brought his skills and knowledge of Nobu’s Japanese and Peruvian style to the United States to become executive pastry chef at Nobu Miami Beach. He has since opened Nobus in Dallas and the Bahamas, but Miami remains his home base.
Lahon combines traditional and innovate techniques as seamlessly as he combines Latin and Asian flavors. Thai red tea, guanabana, tapioca, and kaffir lime are just a few of the ingredients incorporated into his delicate, stunning desserts.