I was born and raised in the small fishing town of Chorrillos, which is south of Lima, Peru.The house where I lived was only a few blocks away from the beach and the original fish market of the district. From an early age, my grandma would make sure we'd have fresh seafood on our table. She never taught me to cook but instead taught me to eat well using the best ingredients.
I had never contemplated the idea of becoming a chef when I first moved to San Francisco when I was 18 (truth be told, sometimes I still don't believe the I am). However, by age 21, I was working at Enrico's Sidewalk Cafe in North Beach. At that time, San Francisco was a huge world packed in a tiny city, and I felt I could do anything. I consider myself a lucky person to have worked with so many talented cooks and chefs along the way, at places like Enrico's, Boulevard, Cosmopolitan, and Pomelo. Then, life gave me a chance to reach back into my roots when the owners of Limon Restaurant hired me and eventually allowed me to help design their menu and oversee their kitchen. Together, we gave birth to the concept of Limon Rotisserie and I felt truly blessed for being able to share a bit of Peruvian Cuisine with the city.
I had a lot of fun exploring my native cuisine in the those eight years. But now I've joined the Munchery team and I'm excited to create a new adventure and eager to share what little I've learned with all of you.
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