A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Percoco spent the first years of his career in Washington, D.C. where he started as chef de cuisine of the French-Italian fine dining restaurant Nicholas at the Mayflower Hotel and was quickly promoted to the executive sous chef of the historic property. From there, Percoco worked as a resident chef for Saudi Arabian Prince Al-Faisel at the consul’s Washington, D.C. estate. Later, he joined Loews Hotels as executive chef of the city’s four-star L’Enfant Plaza Hotel.
Upon his return from a six-month culinary exchange program in Italy in 2000, Percoco served as executive chef of the AAA Four Diamond Hard Rock Hotel Orlando for five years, before moving to Loews Lake Las Vegas. In June 2008, he opened BOKX 109 American Prime, a modern American steakhouse in Newton, MA, that introduced a revolutionary dining concept to the Boston market. For his work at BOKX 109, Percoco was lauded with an array of awards, including Best New Restaurant and “Best of Boston” from Boston magazine, among others, and was featured at the James Beard House.
In more recent years, Evan has added food and beverage consulting, as well as management to his repertoire for numerous properties throughout Florida. He oversaw all aspects of culinary operations including menu development, training of staff, sourcing local ingredients, and managing large scale events.
On his off time, Evan enjoys spending time with his wife and two children in Lakewood Ranch. He currently volunteers with Meals on Wheels of Manatee, as has been involved with Ronald McDonald House, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, March of Dimes, Make a Wish Foundation and Share Our Strengths over the years.