2018 Competitor Bios
Adam Koch, Lilo’s – Lake Worth
Relocated from Columbus, OH to Hollywood Beach, FL at the age of 5, Chef Adam Koch was exposed to a variety of cuisines such as French-Canadian, Caribbean as well as a wide spectrum of regional Latin cuisines from Colombian to Cuban. Raised by a single mother who never had much time to spend in the kitchen, most meals were taken at local eateries, giving young Adam a deep sentiment of comfort within the restaurant world.
Fast-forward two decades, he found employment as a porter at a busy Ft. Lauderdale Irish pub, changing kegs of beer and scrubbing pots. In down-time, cases of potatoes, carrots and onions needing to be prepared became the catalyst for a major change in Adam’s life, not just in job title but in lifestyle.Within months he developed the skills to cook on the line and prepare nightly specials, which became a joyful outlet for creativity. His competitive nature was instrumental in pushing him to seek new challenges in different kitchens; proficiency in all stations in high volume restaurants was sought with urgency. Almost like an addiction, his interest in all things culinary and skills became his biggest character asset, so when the opportunity presented itself to take on the role of executive chef at the in-development street food-inspired Lilo’s location in Lake Worth, there was no hesitation on Adam’s part. The chemistry and collaboration between owner Lindsay Lipovich and Adam was immediate.
With the guidance from Lindsay and the influence of Adam’s culinary skill, Lilo’s was made. The unique flavor combinations and heart in every dish has made this young family run operation a success. This won’t be the last you’ll see of Chef Adam.