In 1971 Chef Widjiono (Yono) Purnomo, a native of Jakarta, Indonesia and graduate of APN Academy Perhotelan Negara, Bandung, Indonesia, embarked on a circuitous career journey in the splendid dining rooms aboard the unparalleled SS Rotterdam, flagship of the Holland America Cruise Lines. When the opportunity to open his own restaurant in Albany came along, Certified Executive Chef Yono "jumped ship" from the dining room to the kitchen and has never looked back.
Chef Purnomo has expertly mastered the unique blending of exotic spices, soothing coconut milk, lemongrass, lime leaves and dragon-mouthed sambal, creating a unique, sophisticated, complex and layered cuisine. Yono has learned from the industries' best and credits Certified Master Chef Fritz Sonnenschmidt, culinary Dean of the Culinary Institute of America, in Hyde Park, NY for instilling within him the credo "To cook with your head, your heart and your hands" and to always willingly share your expertise.
Chef Purnomo strives to introduce his native culture as well as cuisine through cooking classes, demonstrations and lectures for schools, civic organizations, charities, as well as for fellow chefs. He is affiliated with more than 75 charitable and community service organizations.
Chef Purnomo is married to Donna, Co-owner of Yono’s Restaurant. They have two children: Dominick, 33 years old who now works with Yono and Donna in the family restaurant business, and Alexondra, 31 years old, who is travelling the world!