Chef Luca Paris

Chef - Luca ParisGianluca Paris is the Executive Chef and owner of Luca’s Mediterranean Café, a fine dining restaurant, The Market at Luca’s, offering light bistro style fare and gourmet take out and Luca’s Culinary Journey Catering in Keene, New Hampshire where he lives with his wife Lindy and his two children.  He is the recipient of many accolades, including “Excellence in Dining” and “Best Service/Wait staff” every year since 2002 from Market Surveys of America, along with “Best Mediterranean Restaurant”, “Best Fine Dining Restaurant”, “Best Caterer in New Hampshire”, and, for four years, “Best Restaurant in the Monadnock Region” from New Hampshire Magazine.

Luca, as he is known to everyone, had a dream of opening his own restaurant since starting as a busboy at a family style Irish pub in New York at the age of 14.  Having been born in Italy, it would have to be a Mediterranean style restaurant and he never lost sight of his dream.  He graduated from Johnson & Wales University 1989, where he met his wife of 22 years.

Luca has his own weekly talk radio show, “What’s Cooking with Luca Paris” and has had such notable guests as Mary Ann Esposito, host of Ciao Italia and will be a featured chef on an upcoming episode of Ciao Italia.

Luca is also the host of his own cooking show, also titled “A Culinary Journey with Luca Paris”, locally produced for Cheshire TV, the local cable access station for Keene and surrounding towns and can be seen in the Manchester, New Hampshire area and around the country on cable access stations. His show is one of the most downloaded shows by cable access stations around the nation.

In addition to his culinary accomplishments, Luca is a serious community supporter and an advocate for charitable organizations.  He was on the board of directors of the Keene Chamber of Commerce, and was instrumental in promoting several local restaurants in a special weeklong television segments on the local ABC affiliate. He was a founder of the “Keene Snow and Ice Festival” and the reinvented “Taste of Keene” event which supported Meals on Wheels for the elderly.  In 2011 and 2012, Luca organized Keene Restaurant week, bringing local restaurants together. Luca has also taught adult culinary courses and has been a guest lecturer at Keene State College.  He supports a culinary scholarship that he created, “The Culinary Journey Scholarship Fund”, to help a local high school student going to hospitality or culinary school. He will be teaching classes at the famed Stonewall Kitchen in Maine in the summer of 2014.

Selected Highlights

  • Chef Luca was selected to compete on the new Food Network show, “Guy’s Grocery Games” which aired in December 2013 and he won!
  • In 2011 Luca was selected as a New Hampshire Celebrity Chef and nominated for Restaurateur of the year.
  • He was also named CHEF of the YEAR by the New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Association for 2013
  • He begins filming his new show “Kids in the Kitchen with Luca Paris” in January 2014.