With his Cuban ancestry, fluency in Spanish as well as his travels through the United States, Thailand, Mexico and the Caribbean, Owen developed a keen interest in ethnic cuisines and has parlayed those influences into his cooking. After graduating from cooking school, he returned to Philadelphia and worked as a chef for various restaurants and catering operations. In addition he worked as a traveling chef for The Rolling Stones, Neil Diamond, and Olympic gold medalists Brian Boitano and Katarina Witt.
In 1992 Owen opened a catering business called “Uncommon Catering” in Philadelphia, arranging both corporate and social events. In 2000 Owen opened Cibucán, a Latin American style tapas restaurant in Philadelphia.
Starting in 2004, Owen teamed up with filmmaker Mitchell Smith to produce a TV program about Latin American food, music and culture called, “One For The Road.” The program aired in 2010 as a 6 part series on WHYY, the PBS TV affiliate in Philadelphia.”
He has been interviewed on “A Chef’s Table,” a nationally syndicated radio program on NPR and has made numerous appearances on TV.
Owen has also taught cooking classes through Temple University’s continuing education program and has worked as a food stylist and a menu consultant. He is also a singer/ songwriter, guitarist, and drummer, performing regularly around the Philadelphia area.