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Orelle C. Young

Chef De Cuisine and Pitmaster, The Blacksmith Smokehouse

Chef Orelle C. Young is Chef De Cuisine and Pitmaster at The Blacksmith Smokehouse, the city’s meatiest all-American smokehouse at the Wyndham Dubai Marina.

A New York City native, Chef Orelle moved to Dubai in the autumn of 2017 to oversee the launch of The Blacksmith Smokehouse, which opened its doors in February 2018. Together with his loyal sidekick, Ol’ Betty, the restaurant’s infamous smoker, Chef Orelle’s legendary expertise in all-things barbecuing, cold smoking, grilling, braising, curing and dry-aging ensures the gastronomic authenticity of The First Group’s wholly-owned smokehouse concept, which celebrates the best traditions and flavors of the deep south.

Prior to moving to Dubai, Chef Orelle amassed 10-plus years of extensive hospitality experience in the USA and the UK. Having started his culinary career in the States as a Counter Server and Carver at the Hill Country Hospitality Group in 2007, Chef Orelle progressed to become Sous Chef and Pitmaster at Hill Country Barbecue Market – the Group’s flagship outlet in Manhattan’s Flatiron district – where he was responsible for more than 40 employees.

With his NYC reputation surging, Chef Orelle hopped across the Atlantic Ocean in 2015 to assume the role of Group Executive Pitmaster role for Big Easy Hospitality, where he oversaw day-to-day management, training, operations and menu development at each of the brand’s three London locations in Chelsea, Covent Garden and Canary Wharf.

When he’s not in the kitchen prepping meats, getting the best out of Ol’ Betty, or plotting the future expansion of The Blacksmith Smokehouse brand, Chef Orelle follows his favorite sports team, The New York Giants, and indulges in his passion for Musical Composition & Cinematography.