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Corey Thomas, executive chef
Corey Thomas is a Louisiana native, born and raised in Monroe, a small town in northeast Louisiana. Corey’s journey began in Birmingham where he studied and began a career in biomedical research. After gaining a few years of experience, Corey went west to Denver to continue his career. Although Corey’s journey in the kitchen had not yet begun, he carried his love for Louisiana culture and cuisine that was part of his heritage everywhere he went.
When Corey landed in New Orleans in the early 2010s, he knew his love for Louisiana could be shown in the kitchen. He began his culinary career at the well-known New Orleans establishment, Commander’s Palace. Corey honed his skills in the kitchen over the next three years, before his departure for another sous chef position to continue his growth in the New Orleans culinary scene. In 2015, Corey assumed the role of sous chef at Shaya Restaurant. During his time at Shaya, the restaurant won the prominent James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant.
In 2017, Corey transferred to Domenica to learn about Italian cuisine before traveling to Italy for his own wedding. He fell in love with the food and culture of Italy during his travels, and upon returning home made his transfer a permanent position at Domenica. Corey has committed himself to provide an excellence at Domenica through incredible Italian dishes and impeccable service. In early 2019, Corey was promoted to Executive Chef of Domenica.