Alex Leonard was born in Chicago and started cooking at age 16. He began his fine dining career at Le Vichyssois. After spending five years with Bernard Cretier, he went on work with Chef Laurent Gras at the opening of L2O in Chicago. 

Leonard moved to New York City in 2008 to work at the three Michelin-starred Restaurant Daniel, then Paul Liebrandt’s two Michelin-starred Corton.  He went on to spend two months with acclaimed chef Rene Redzepi at Noma in Copenhagen. The experience left Alex with a new insight into cooking and a rejuvenated spirit. 

In 2012 he began working with Carlo Mirarchi at Blanca in the trendy Brooklyn neighborhood of Bushwick. As Chef de Cuisine, he helped chef Carlo Mirarchi earn two-stars in the Guide Michelin, and three-stars from the New York Times.

In 2015 Leonard opened Lowlife on the Lower East Side, earning a Zagat 30 under 30 nomination.  His personal hobbies include, traveling, photography, and making ceviche.