Aglibot is known the world over as “The Food Buddha” for his dedication to his heritage and menu development, which inspired his television show “Food Buddha,” which premiered on TLC in the summer of 2010. He has been a repeat guest on NBC’s “Today Show,” “Windy City Live,” and “Good Morning America,” as well as “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Food Network’s “The Best Of,” “Your LA TV,” Style Network’s “It’s my Party,” Fox’s “Live Like a Star,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “Good Day L.A.,” “Extra,” and many more! Print features include Food & Wine, Bon Appétit, the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune and CS Magazine, which named one of his ventures, Sunda, “Best New Restaurant in 2009.” Recently, he was featured as a contributing chef in the “I Love Bacon” cookbook and the “New Asian Cuisine” cookbook and was named one of the “Star Chefs” in 500 Chefs to Know. Aglibot has also been a repeat guest chef at the prestigious James Beard House.
Aglibot’s career as a celebrity chef began over 10 years ago when he became the opening Executive Chef of the celebrity studded Koi Restaurant in Los Angeles. Soon after he developed his own concept, Yi Cuisine, named one of the “Best New Asian Restaurants” in 2005 by Food & Wine magazine. In the winter of 2007, Aglibot was brought on to consult and help conceptualize the Michelin Recommended and very well received Sunda New Asian restaurant in Chicago.
In the spring of 2010, Aglibot and BLT Restaurant Group in New York entered a partnership for Aglibot to create an Asian gastropub concept for BLT. His multi-unit experience and scalability made him the most dynamic choice to lead BLT as its Corporate Executive Chef. Over a nine-month period, Aglibot orchestrated the opening of six restaurants for which he tailored menus and recruited key personnel, while managing the company’s existing 19 restaurants.
Aglibot has developed over 35 concepts and menus around the world, including Asia. Currently, he is broadening his creative scope through new hotel restaurant concepts in Chicago at the Dana Hotel and in Memphis. International projects on his resume include a posh Asian restaurant named “Sesame” in Hong Kong, which opened in January 2012, and Me Geisha Sushi in Salerno, Italy.