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50 Eggs Inc. Executive Chef Cristian Cuevas has infused his extensive culinary background into every restaurant in the multi-concept brand.  Joining the company as a line cook at Yardbird Southern Table and Bar South Beach in 2012, Chef Cristian transitioned to Chef de Cuisine at James Beard-nominated Khong River House.  He then moved to 50 Egg’s Swine Southern Table & Bar, later joining BTW to become an integral force in the South Beach restaurant’s opening. Most recently, Chef Cristian has moved to become the 50 Eggs Inc. Executive Chef for all full service brands including Miami and Las Vegas’ much-loved Yardbird Southern Table & Bar. Pushing the company forward creatively developing new menu items and conceptualizing menus for new brands alongside JK.  Since then, Chef Cristian conceptualized and developed the menu for Spring Chicken, a fast casual spin off from Yardbird.  Delivering comforting Southern Cuisine and damn good fried chicken to the masses.

Chef Cristian has recently worked very closely with celebrity Chef Lorena Garcia in creating and developing the menu for the new 50 Eggs Inc concept called CHICA.  Located in The Venetian restaurant row, Las Vegas, CHICA has become one of the most celebrated restaurant since the opening in May, along with Yardbird Southern Table & Bar. 

 

Chef Cristian has a prestigious pedigree with a BA in Hotel and Restaurant Management for the University of Puerto Rico.  He then pursued a culinary degree from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.  Chef Cristian has brought exceptional experience to the 50 Eggs team including time in the kitchens of some of the culinary world’s biggest stars. In addition to a recent stage in Jose Andres’ minibar, Chef Cristian has learned at Dan Barber’s Blue Hill, Charlie Palmer’s Aureole, and George Mendes’ Aldea.  Chef Cristian continues to be a student of the industry, always up to date in current trends and innovating creatively for 50 Eggs.  A native of Buffalo, NY, raised in Puerto Rico, Cuevas currently resides in Miami Beach with his wife Miraya and their dogs Kimchee and Pepper.

More about Cristian René Ceuvas

What is your ultimate comfort food?My ultimate comfort foods are Arroz Con Gandules and Lechon Asado. Pigeon pea rice and roasted pig. The rice is a Puerto Rican holiday staple where pigeon peas are stewed with sofrito and cured pork products, the rice is then added and cooked with the pigeon peas together. The pig is salted and spiced with garlic and oregano, then slow roasted on the spit, meat is tender and falls apart. Skin is crispy like a crackling. This dish always reminds me of spending the holidays back home in PR with my family and friends. For the past 10 years I have honored my family's tradition and replicate this dish year in and year out.If you weren't a chef, what would you be?If I wasn't a chef I would be a DJ or a forest ranger in EL Yunque, the biggest rain forest in US soil (PR). I have a passion for electronic music and there are a lot of parallelism between the culinary arts and music. I feed of the energy when people rave about what we cook. It's the same with music. Guarding El Yunque would be a great responsibility as there are so many species, flora and fauna only found in this place. I would take care of the rain forest and raise awareness of taking care of it for the following generations to enjoy.What three things are always in your pantry?You can always find Spanish extra virgin olive oil, kosher salt and a pepper mill with black peppercorns in my home kitchen. Also huge fan of espellette, a smoky pepper powder from the Vasque country of Spain.If you could cook with anyone in the world, who would it be?have already cooked with many of my culinary idols. Standouts include Shawn Brock, Dave McMillan, Dan Barber and Trevor Kunk. I recently staged at Mini Bar, Jose Andres' Michellin starred restaurant in Washington DC and got to cook with Ruben Garcia. He is Jose's culinary master mind in the East coast and El Bulli alumni. Answering your question I would like to collaborate and work with Aithor Zabala, Jose Andres' mastermind in the West coast and also an El Bulli alumni.