Michael Chanthavong

Executive Chef

Michael Chanthavong is the executive chef of O-Ku Charlotte, a concept from The Indigo Road hospitality group. He brings extensive skills, enthusiasm and creativity with him to both the kitchen and the O-Ku Charlotte team.

Sharing a passion for cooking with his parents, immigrants of Laos, Chanthavong grew up surrounded by South­east Asian food. He diversified his expertise in the kitchen by spending time with friends of different ethnic backgrounds. This inspiration to grow and experiment new skills intensifies in his role as executive chef of O-Ku Charlotte.

Chanthavong has 13 years of experience in the hospitality industry and eight years of sushi experience. He loves that food is at the center of bringing people together and believes that “great food tends to come with great company.”

Born in Rochester, New York, Chanthavong has been a resident of North Carolina since 1992 and first moved to Charlotte in 2004. In his spare time, Chanthavong enjoys golfing and fishing, as well as spending time with his wife Noi, who also works at O-Ku, and friends.