Tandem Restaurant is a ‘dream come true for Co-Owners Chef Younes Sabouh and GM Emma Sabouh.  After working together for the many years they decided to take the plunge in April 2016 and open their own space in Carrboro, where they live and raise their family.

The core focus of Tandem is to offer great food in a warm, relaxing environment – a place in the community where people come to unwind and have fun. The name Tandem reflects the closeness of their working and personal relationship.  Tandem has been a life long dream for the couple, a dream that has come true in 2016, a dream that they want to share with everyone.

Chef Younes Sabouh

Chef Younes has deep culinary roots from his mother and his childhood growing up in Morocco where he learnt the traditional style of cooking using techniques like braising, cooking in clay, over fires.  Following the bulk of his culinary training  – throughout numerous regions in France – working under esteemed chefs, he was offered the role as the exclusive private chef for the Hermes Family, where he travelled the world and was exposed to a multitude of culinary scenes.  This led him eventually to America and NC, where he worked for the high class establishments the Washington Duke and the Umstead Hotels before moving on to transform City Kitchen restaurant in Chapel Hill for the past 4 years.

Emma Sabouh

Emma Sabouh – originally from England – has 15 years of Hospitality experience in 5 star operations such as Loews Hotels & Resorts and Crowne Plaza.  Emma became the leading Training General Manager in North America for a fast casual dining restaurant chain, and helped spearhead 2 small businesses to success through business development, operations management and strong leadership.  Prior to opening Tandem Emma was the acclaimed General Manager of City Kitchen restaurant where she worked in partnership with Chef Younes to transform the City Kitchen into a thriving, successful dining and bar experience.