What would you do if you were paid nothing at all? It’s a simple question Lorraine’s husband asked her just before they moved back to Las Vegas from San Francisco. Mitch knew she was at a career impasse. A decade long career in television news felt arduous emotionally – covering gory crime scenes, pushing people in their worst moments.
She didn’t’ hesitate. She told him, “I would cook. I’d be a chef.” He replied calmly, “Then let’s find a culinary school for you.”
Lorraine embarked on this delicious journey the summer of 2013, earning a Culinary Arts Certificate at College of Southern Nevada. Before graduating, she got her first cook job at Gallagher’s Steakhouse in New York New York Hotel & Casino and worked her way up to Chef de Partie.
Next, she jumped at the opportunity to work with some of the best in the business as part of the opening team at Bazaar Meat by Jose Andres. She even got the chance to stage at his avant-garde restaurant within a restaurant, é by Jose Andrés – tucked away in a hidden room at Jaleo inside the Cosmopolitan.
After three years with Think Food Group, Lorraine was selected by the James Beard Foundation to participate in its Women in Culinary Leadership Mentorship Program. She moved to Los Angeles to work with Susan Feniger & Mary Sue Milliken at Border Grill. She was also Sous Chef at two of their Las Vegas restaurants and spent a week cooking with several Michelin Starred Chefs at the James Beard House in New York City.
Lorraine works currently at Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak, & Stone Crab. She lives in Henderson with her husband and two dogs, Dexter and Mickey. She loves wine tasting, yoga, and traveling… especially to places where the waves are crashing.
“If anything is worth doing, do it with all your heart”.
Louiie is a full blown creative who works in the food industry. She juggles her time between being a photographer, chef, food stylist, musician, filmmaker, and traveler.
She started her career in the culinary industry at a young age when she graduated with a hospitality management degree from the University of the Philippines. She moved to San Francisco and worked as a sous chef and a kitchen manager, and then found her way to Las Vegas with the desire to further her career as a culinary professional on the Strip.
A series of fortunate events caused Louiie to explore the world of food in other ways. She quickly realized that she had limited ways of expressing her creativity in professional kitchens. She studied film and photography at the College of Southern Nevada, where she graduated at the top of her class. Wanting to bridge the gap between the restaurant world and media, she pursued her career as a food photographer, videographer and stylist. One of her short chef-centric documentaries, Cut The Fat, screened at the Las Vegas Film Festival in 2012. She also won an award for Best Amateur Editorial Food Photography from Photo District News TASTE, a prestigious food photography competition in 2015.
In a life changing move in 2018, she decided to travel Southeast Asia extensively, where she met the late, great Anthony Bourdain by chance in Bali, Indonesia. “I could have easily gotten lost in that part of the world, and I had the opportunity to live and work in Bali, but I decided it was still too early to live a life wearing shorts and flip flops forever… but, I wasn’t ready to throw in the towel yet,” she says. She then decided to come back to the U.S. to jump start her career and really pursue her passions in food media.
Louiie runs her food photography business, works with local chefs with their events and food concepts, and is official photographer for Eater Las Vegas. A cat person by heart, Louiie lives with her adopted Sphynx, Dobby, in Las Vegas. In her free time, she does yoga, pushes the bar with her fine art food photography, loves going to concerts, wine tasting, traveling, and skydiving.