Long story short...ish. I was born in Havana, Cuba. I’ve been in the the restaurant game for a while. I received my BA in Theatre Set Design from UC Berkeley where I also worked at Chez Panisse restaurant, my true alma mater. Since then, I've opened restaurants from Los Angeles to New York to Austin. My gastronomic endevours extend outside of the kitchen as well.
Living in Austin, TX, I became the Executive Director of the Austin Food Festival's antecedent, The Texas Hill Country Wine and Food Festival. I wrote a cookbook, Our Latin Table, which garnered an invitation to cook Cuban Thanksgiving at the James Beard House. Restaurant consulting, several culinary TV pilots and school children's gardens later fill in the rest of my time.
I am currently writing my second book, "Feast Havana", published by W. W. Norton&Co., about Cuba's entrepreneurial restaurant, bar, and night life scene.