Chef Ryan Vargas is Chef de Cuisine at Emeril’s Tchoup Chop in the Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando. Born and raised on the island of O’ahu in Hawaii, Chef Ryan brings to Orlando Aloha and Pacific Rim cuisine with an Asian Fusion twist.
He developed love and passion for cooking from his grandmother, grandfather and especially his father, a Master Chief Chef for the U.S. Navy. After deciding at the very early age to become a chef, Chef Ryan began to pursue his career by graduating from the Culinary Institute of America. Before being selected for this position by Emeril Lagasse, Chef Ryan spent 13 years leading many prestigious kitchens at the finest resorts in Hawaii and Florida.
The restaurant is named for Tchoupitoulas Street in New Orleans, the location of the Emeril’s flagship restaurant. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by stunning chandeliers of cascading flowers and a reflecting pool with crystal clear water and porcelain water lilies.
The menu features mainstay dishes such as Tchoup Chop Crunchy Shrimp and Kiawe – Smoked Pork Ribs and exotic selections such as Ahi Poke Rice Bowl and Sesame Ahi Tuna. We agree with Chef Ryan: Hawaiian cuisine is not just coconut and pineapple.
For Asian Fusion without the confusion, visit Tchoup Chop in the lush Loews Royal Pacific Resort, located at 6300 Hollywood Way in Orlando.