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Chef / Owner / Founder

John Avila

At the heart of Minahasa lies the vision of Chef John Avila, the passionate owner and culinary maestro behind Chicago's only Indonesian restaurant.

For Chef John, Minahasa is more than just a business venture; it's a labor of love inspired by his Indonesian heritage and his mother's incredible cooking. Growing up immersed in the flavors of Tomohon, Chef John developed a deep appreciation for Indonesian cuisine, thanks to the recipes passed down by his grandmother.

Driven by a desire to showcase his mother's culinary talents and share the flavors of his upbringing with the people of Chicago, Chef John embarked on a journey to bring Minahasa to life. With each dish meticulously crafted to reflect the authentic tastes of Indonesia, Chef John aims to introduce Chicagoans to the rich tapestry of Indonesian culture, one meal at a time.

But Minahasa is more than just a restaurant; it's a community hub where people from all walks of life come together to enjoy good food and meaningful connections. With Chef John's dedication to building a strong sense of community within the AAPI community, Minahasa isn't just serving food; it's fostering a sense of belonging and cultural pride.

Join Chef John and Mama Betty on their culinary journey at Minahasa and experience the flavors of Indonesia like never before.

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