Buddha Lo
Buddha in 2022 Top Chef.jpg
BornAugust 20, 1991
Known forTop Chef: Houston (winner)

Kah-wai “Buddha” Lo ( August 20, 1991, known professionally as Buddha Lo) is an Chinese-Australian chef, best known as the winner of the 19th season of Top Chef in Houston, Texas.[1][2]

Early life and education

Buddha was born on 1991, in Port Douglas, Australia. His parents were Karen Lo and Tony Lo. His father was a chef and a restaurateur. When Lo was still young, his father owned a chinese restaurant in Australia. From an early age, he was already working in his father’s restaurant. During weekends, he worked at a local five-star hotel.[3]

Lo attended William Angliss Institute in Melbourne, Australia after studying from high school. Before graduating from culinary school,[4] He won a scholarship to a two-month stage at the Château Cordellian-Bages, a two-Michelin-starred hotel in Pauillac, France.[5]


Lo is currently an executive chef at Huso, the michelin plate restaurant inside Markys Caviar serving an eight-course tasting menu.[6]

Since 2018, Buddha is a cook at Eleven Maddison Park in New York City.[7]

In 2015, Lo is the head chef at Matteo’s Restaurant in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.[8]

In 2014, He is a chef at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in London, United Kingdom.[9] He worked with Clare Smyth and Matt Abe who became his mentors.[10]

At age of 19, Lo worked with Raymond Capaldi.[11] He also became a head chef at Hare and Grace and became a guest chef at various events such as Melbourne Cup and the Australian Open.[12] He was also the chef ambassador for Lavazza and Tabasco and was a former apprentice chef at Matteo’s in Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia.[13][5]


Lo received Gordon Ramsay Excellence Award while working in London.[14]

Personal life

Buddha is married to Rebekah Pedler, a professional chef. They met in Melbourne, Australia.[15][10]


  1. ^ "Top Chef Winner Buddha Lo's One Easy Fix For The Restaurant Industry". UPROXX. 2022-06-07. Retrieved 2022-06-27.
  2. ^ Smith, Crawford (2022-06-07). "Top Chef Season 19 Winner Buddha Lo On Winning, Cooking, And Success Formulas - Exclusive Interview". Mashed.com. Retrieved 2022-06-27.
  3. ^ Matthews, Charles (2022-06-03). "Meet Top Chef's Buddha Lo! His Bio, Ethnicity, Real Name, Married, Age". Gossip Next Door. Retrieved 2022-06-27.
  4. ^ "Angliss alum Buddha Lo reaches new heights". www.angliss.edu.au. Retrieved 2022-06-27.
  5. ^ a b "Buddha Lo". FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen. Retrieved 2022-06-27.
  6. ^ Fabricant, Florence (2019-04-16). "A Caviar Shop With a Tasting Menu, on the Upper East Side". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-06-27.
  7. ^ Hoeffner, Melissa Kravitz. "You can now taste the Top Chef winner's dishes in NYC". Time Out New York. Retrieved 2022-06-27.
  8. ^ "Executive Chef" (PDF).
  9. ^ "'Top Chef' winner Buddha Lo wants to open a spot with 'a cool Brooklyn flair'". Brooklyn Magazine. 2022-06-04. Retrieved 2022-06-27.
  10. ^ a b Sen, Sushmita. "Where did Buddha Lo meet his wife? Top Chef contestant's personal and professional journey explored". www.sportskeeda.com. Retrieved 2022-06-27.
  11. ^ Smith, Crawford (2022-06-09). "Buddha Lo's Tips For Winning Top Chef - Exclusive". Mashed.com. Retrieved 2022-06-27.
  12. ^ Raphael, Shannon (2022-06-06). "Buddha Lo Shares Why His Wife Was "Instrumental" to His 'Top Chef' Win (EXCLUSIVE)". Distractify. Retrieved 2022-06-27.
  13. ^ "Interview: Buddha Lo of Matteos". 2016-09-06. Retrieved 2022-06-27.
  14. ^ Grundy, Hilary McNevin and Roslyn (2014-11-10). "Piccolo: Melbourne food news". Good Food. Retrieved 2022-06-27.
  15. ^ Garley, Brittany Britto (2022-05-13). "'Top Chef: Houston' Episode 11 Recap". Eater Houston. Retrieved 2022-06-27.