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Alex Martinez, Corporate Executive Chef, for the V & E restaurant group based out of Miami, was born in New York City and relocated to Miami, Fl as a young boy. Being raised in a Puerto Rican household there was always something cooking in the kitchen. Alex’s interest in food set in at the early age of 13 when Alex began bringing home recipes from home economics class and trying them out at home. Paying close attention to what mom and grandma were doing in the kitchen Alex developed a passion for all things involved with cooking.

After working in a few gourmet delis in Miami ,Fl Alex began work at the beach house hotel in Bal Harbour,Fl, here at the beach house Alex began to broaden his culinary knowledge by working under chefs like Sheila Lukins (silver palate cookbook) and James Beard award winner Michael Schwartz (Michaels genuine). After five years at the beach house Alex moved on to being a Sous Chef at the Palm Aire Country Club in Pompano Beach, Fl and then moving up to Chef de Cuisine at The Isle of Capri Casino in Pompano Beach, Fl as well.

Alex left The Isle of Capri to pursue his desire to create his own menu and his idea of good food. After securing a partner Alex took the helm of Bamboo Noah’s, a fast and fresh food concept, in Plantation ,Fl. The restaurant was a success and was welcomed by the community and media with rave reviews of fresh foods and flavorful sauces with an asian and Mediterranean inspired twist and also being a tiny gem in Plantation. After his work was done at Bamboo Noah’s, Alex went on to take control of all 10 restaurants owned by V & E restaurant group including the wildly popular Brickell Irish Pub and Segafredo brickell in downtown Miami , Nuvo seafood and pasta on Espanola way in south beach and café Americano located in Caesars palace , Las Vegas , Nevada.

Alex has become a fixture on local Miami television . Alex has been invited to appear on NBC 6 in the mix on several occasions and has also appeared on telemundo 23 despierta America . Alex has been featured in several local magazines and news papers showcasing his exciting cuisine. In his latest project Alex opened Café Americano a 24 hour bistro located directly in the lobby of the iconic Caesars Palace . The restaurant has opened to rave reviews from some of Las Vegas toughest critics. A testament to Alex’s skills in the kitchen. Alex will be returning to Las Vegas to head V & E restaurants new project mercato della Pescheria an Italian themed seafood restaurant in the Venetian hotel located on the famous Las Vegas strip.

More about Alex Martinez

What is your ultimate comfort food?: pernil and arroz con gandules If you weren't a chef, what would you be?: a singer/guitar player in a rock band What three things are always in your pantry?: high quality extra virgin olive oil, maldon salt, coconut milk If you could cook with anyone in the world, who would it be?: my grandmother