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Maryland Live! names Chef Joseph Ku, Chef de Cuisine for new Luk Ku Restaurant

Maryland Live! Casino today announced that CHEF JOSEPH KU has been named Chef de Cuisine of its new Asian-themed restaurant to be named LUK FU.

Set to open late Spring 2014, LUK FU (pronounced LUCK FOO) will be an authentic, fast-paced, vibrant Asian-themed venue, offering favorite fare from South East Asia spanning generations, including Dim Sum, Wok-Fried and Steamed Noodles, Grilled Satay and Congee; complemented with Rice and Vegetable Dishes, traditional Desserts, and a selection of Asian teas and coffees like Oolong and Jasmine Hot Teas, Bubble Teas, and Vietnamese Coffee.

The restaurant, which is currently under construction, will feature approximately 80 seats and an open dining room that overlooks the Casino floor. Guests will enjoy the noodle bar and elevated “show kitchen,” which offers a unique dining experience with signature dishes being freshly prepared in front of them.

Leading the development is CHEF JOSEPH KU, who brings more than 30 years of professional culinary experience to his new position. Chef Ku has helmed the kitchens and opened fine dining establishments in many Four Star hotels, casinos, and restaurants worldwide from Hong Kong to San Francisco, Texas, Mississippi and Atlantic City. Chef Ku was trained at Today’s World Restaurant in Shanghai, China, and has experience with a range of cuisine from Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Korea and Japan, especially in traditional Szechwan, Hunan and Cantonese specialties.

Chef Ku was most recently the Executive Asian Chef at the Pechanga Hotel Casino in California. Prior, he served as Chef de Cuisine at Caesars Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, where he opened KWI Restaurant & Noodle Bar, which quickly became one of the top Asian restaurants in the region. He held similar position at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, MS, and at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, where he opened N.O.W. – Noodles of the World Restaurant.

During his career, Chef Joe has directed spectacular culinary events for thousands of guests, including the Discovery Center “National Geographic Event” at Beau Rivage, and the “Food & Wine Festival” in Atlantic City.

“We are thrilled to welcome Chef Ku to the culinary team at Maryland Live!,” said Ahmad H. Ahmad, Vice President of Hospitality, Maryland Live! Casino. “With a Chef of his caliber leading the development and menu creation for LUK FU, our guests are sure to enjoy many memorable dining experiences at our new restaurant.”

The Casino is expanding its Asian offerings due to the success of the NOODLES restaurant, an authentic Asian wok and noodle bar, and increased demand among its growing Asian clientele. Noodles will be replaced with an alternate dining option to be announced.