Paul Young

Educator, Designer, Culinary Explorer




About Chef Paul

I love to cook, but I love to eat more. And what I love to eat most are tasty ethnic dishes with interesting ingredients and potent flavors. My favorite pastime is trying new dishes in restaurants and then attempting to recreate them at home. I'm a curious foodie and an adventurous international culinary explorer who has traveled to 25 different countries (so far). There's no dish that I won't try at least once.


Since retiring as a graphic design professor at Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois, I have been cooking at home a lot more and have found myself reconnecting with my passion for seeking new culinary experiences and exotic flavors from around the world. With these upcoming cooking classes, I'm hoping to share my experiences and discoveries by recreating some of the best tasting ethnic dishes I've enjoyed from my travels around the world.


My professional design experience has included creative positions in ad agencies, design studios, publishing firms and in-house art departments in New York City and Milwaukee. Currently my partner Bonnie and I have a graphic design studio called Electric Pictures in Champaign, Illinois.


As an educator, I've taught graphic design at Parsons School of Design, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Eastern Illinois University and Parkland College, where I was a tenured professor for 20 years.


As a culinary explorer, I also like to host themed pop-up dinners featuring international cuisines that are hard to find in my home town of Champagn-Urbana, Illinois. Come join us for a few culinary adventures soon!

— Chef Paul Young

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