Chef Cristian Alvarez moved in 2000 from his native Argentina to the United States, where he began his career in fine restaurants, including Bice in New York. In South Florida he served as sous chef at both Astor South Beach and Ola, where he was under the tutelage of James Beard Award-winning chef Douglas Rodriguez. He moved from there to become Chef de Cuisine at The Dining Room and then, in late 2012, was able to realize the dream of opening his own Argentinian-inspired restaurant, the popular and critically-acclaimed Fiorito (named Miami’s best Argentinian restaurant by New Times in 2013). Alvarez’s cooking style has been heavily influenced by food memories from his native country and by modern techniques learned under Rodriquez and other inventive chefs in New York and South Florida. He prepares classic Argentinian dishes at Fiorito as well as dishes infused with the flavors and tastes of other Latin countries. He uses only the best ingredients, and varies the menu with daily specials, reflecting his constant experimentation and the availability of seasonal ingredients.