Andres BarrientosMiami Smokers
Andres Barrientos is a Miami native who discovered his love for cooking and hospitality long before he attended Jonson & Wales University. After culinary school Andres spent the next 8 years traveling and fueling his passion for adventure all the while learning about food from people, places, and experiences. After a stint on the west coast in 2010, Andres landed back in Miami. Happy to be home, he took a position with Brian Aaron of Aarons Catering, and immediately put his talents and life experiences to work. The duo won on the Food Network and Scott Conant’s “24 Hour Restaurant Battle”; and with Andres at the helm, Aarons Catering garnered a number of catering industry accolades and Cater Source speaking engagements. 2012 brought more exposure and experiences for Andres with the launch of Miami Smokers – Urban Smokehouse and the wildly popular Basel Biergarten. Since then Miami Smokers has opened a deli and smokehouse in Little Havana, concession stands at the American Airlines Arena, and is recognized as a destination for the best pork in the Magic City. In 2015 Andres competed and won yet another Food Network show, “BBQ Blitz”, where he competed against other local favorites Giorgio Rapicavoli (Eating House, Glass & Vine) and Jessica Suarez (Loba). In 2016 Guy Fieri brought his “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives” crew to Miami Smokers and featured the smokehouse on the wildly popular show. Andres was later invited to compete on an episode of “Guy’s Grocery Games”. Since then he’s been busy expanding his pork empire by converting the Little Havana Smokehouse into a USDA certified small plant, and rolling out a brand-new Miami inspired BBQ concept.