Just as the heart of every home is its kitchen, the soul of CHOW is its chef/owner, Natalie Young. St. Louis-born, Denver-bred, and a Las Vegan first by chance then by choice, Young’s culinary career has been driven by three things: a lifelong passion for food, relentless pursuit of excellence and a deep desire to give back to her community.
A professional chef for over 20 years, she has worked in some of the country’s most celebrated—and most demanding—kitchens, including stints alongside such notable chefs as Mark Miller (Coyote Café) and John Joho (Eiffel Tower). In addition to her wealth of culinary experience and technical expertise, Young has proven herself as a culinary entrepreneur.
Her first independent venture, the “breakfast and lunch joint” EAT, remains a runaway success—earning such notable accolades as “Startup of the Year,” inclusion among the “20 Most Important Restaurants in Las Vegas” (Las Vegas Weekly), Las Vegas’s “Top 10 Restaurants” (Yahoo/Shine), “30 Iconic Sandwiches” (Eater), and more nods—for both quality cooking and her satisfied, high-quality clientele (“Best Breakfast”—Vegas Seven, “Best Power Lunch”—Las Vegas Review-Journal, Desert Companion, etc.)—than any eatery in recent memory.
Never one to rest on her laurels, Chef Nat’s vision for CHOW, like EAT before it, is a humble one: to provide simple, soulful, rockin’ good food—for anyone and everyone with a hankering for authentic, down-n’-dirty CHOW… and a love of Led Zeppelin. (The latter isn’t required, but it certainly doesn’t hurt.)
Designed to fill a particular void in the downtown dining scene, CHOW’s menu will feature a limited (but no less tasty) range of hearty, Southern-style food with soul—think: fried chicken, dumplings, mac and cheese, and all that good stuff—alongside authentic, equally soul-sustaining Chinese favorites.