Born and raised in Los Angeles Ara spent most of his younger years skateboarding and snowboarding though he always had his heart in the kitchen. He attended culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu and built a career as an Executive Chef specializing in recipe development and food styling. He has worked with Jaime Oliver Food Revolution, Food Network, ABC, CBS, NBC, Breville, Gelson’s and a range of others. He has had multiple TV appearances most recently on No Passport Required with Marcus Samuelson. His first cookbook Lavash was released October 29th 2019 with coauthors Kate Leahy and John Lee. He is a bow hunter, triathlete and fills any available time he has training parkour.