Corey Baver, a native of Berks County Pennsylvania, began working in restaurants while studying International Relations at West Chester University. Starting as a dishwasher at Tyme, a family-owned restaurant in West Chester, Baver explored his interest in cooking and became a line cook. He then worked at various restaurants in Berks County before returning to Philadelphia to begin his formal culinary training at The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College. After graduating, he worked at such acclaimed restaurants as The White Dog Café, Philadelphia Fish Company, Buddakan, and Alma de Cuba. A love for South Philadelphia ultimately led him to Paradiso, where he met Chef Lynn Rinaldi. In 2008, he and Rinaldi opened Izumi, where Baver’s passion for Asian Fusion cuisine shines brightly.
Paradiso’s Executive Chef and founder Lynn Rinaldi began her restaurant career as a teenager in South Philadelphia. Her interest in the business led to the opening of a successful café at The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. After attending the Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College, Rinaldi became inspired to open a stylish and modern, seasonal Italian restaurant in her native South Philadelphia, along the East Passyunk Avenue corridor. Her fresh approach to accomplished cuisine helped kick off the emergence of Passyunk Avenue as one of the county’s most dynamic restaurant districts. In 2008, Rinaldi, along with Chef Corey Baver, opened Izumi, a well-received Japanese restaurant, just up the block on Passyunk Square. Rinaldi is an active member of her community and is an active and charitable neighbor in this ever increasingly vibrant community.