Louis D. Lo Praeste is an author, essayist, former brand strategist, fin-technologist, professional chef, sommelier, and advocate for greater mental health awareness.
Mr Lo Praeste possesses over two decades of continuously refined, experimental and grounded experience as hospitality and as a brand strategist. He is equally proficient in the kitchen, start-ups, and corporate boardrooms. Starting in 1997, Louis worked in the front and back of the house for the Backbay restaurant group, Rene Bettola, Manuel Sifnugel, Seth Woods of Aquitaine, Luciano Addatore of Vino e mare, Ivan Ottaviani of Sale e Pepe Mykonos, Davide Rosetto, Han Rockenwagner and Joachim Splichal, Little Door's T. Nicolas Peter and Melisse's Josiah Citrin.
He is a staunch advocate of sustainability and impact investment. He has been a proponent for farm to table and the Slow Food Movement for two decades. His unique cuisine is comprised of modern Mediterranean influences from France and Italy, traditional Japanese “Farm Food,” and Californian progressive. His taste in food and wine is down-to-earth while innovative, inspiring and polished.
Having taken several years off from cooking to work in digital transformation and marketing, Mr Lo Praeste is also well known and respected for his exemplary communication and negotiating skills in corporate environments. He has an uncanny ability to connect with every team member and architect's penchant for how to organize professional operations. His ethos is to bring a warm-hearted sincerity, heartfelt devotion to food and wine culture, customers and everything he does.
Louis's career as an author is equally dynamic. In 2014, long before the #metoo movement, he authored a piece entitled "An Open Letter to my Fellow Men" about sexual harassment from a male point of view. Subsequently, in 2015, he was named #8 in the world by LinkedIn for Management and Culture blogging and advice. His first novel Capernaum was released in July 2016. The second edition retitled Capernaum, Massachusetts was released in October 2018 alongside a collection of poems entitled, Songs of Coming and Going. In 2017, his book Vague Apocalyptica earned him the nickname of the "Jackson Pollack of contextual intelligence" amongst his academic peers for drawing on both modern and ancient sources of political and cultural insight. His work is variously compared to mash-up of Italo Calvino, Umberto Eco, and Norman Mailer.Louis is currently researching and writing his second novel, entitled Ktsigharbha, will be released in 2020, as well as a new collection of essays on modernity, masculinity and #metoo. A new, and final collection of essays on Economics entitled “Entroponomics” will released in January 2019.Louis was born in Andover, Massachusetts and lives in Northern California.