Ravi Scher, the son of a market gardener, grew up on a farm. His mother was an artist, and together she and his father wrote a cookbook which she illustrated. Her artwork can also be found on the walls of the Long Island Cafe.
Chef Ravi began fell in love with food and began cooking and working in a restaurant kitchen at the age of 15 as an apprentice for a chef instructor. Following a vocational cooking program in high school, he then studied and trained at the Culinary Institute of America. He has also studied at the Ritz Escoffier in Paris, and at the Golden Door Spa in California where he learned about healthy cooking and cooking food for those with special dietary needs.
Ravi spent 10 years travelling around the United States and working in varieties of kitchens in locations including Key Largo, Miami, Vermont, and New York. Eventually he was hired as the executive sous chef at the Ritz Carlton in Atlanta, GA. Following that he spent 6 years in Europe. Working as a private chef to the Brisitsh Ambassador to Italy. During this time he cooked for a variety of politicians and was even invited to Windsor Castle to cook for the royal family where he met, and cooked for, the Queen of England, as well as several dukes.
Returning to the United States in 2003, Ravi worked as a private chef all over the southeastern US until the opportunity presented itself to go into business with Michael Proetto and purchase the Long Island Cafe which he now owns and operates, as well as serving as its head chef.