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Federico A. Cassino

Paon Eatery

I studied Marketing as I worked as a Producer/marketing at my Father’s Radio Station, when I realized I wasn’t passionate about what I was doing for a living. I always enjoyed cooking with my mother who cooked a lot of French cuisine and grandmother who cooked Italian cuisine. I remember thinking “I could do this for the rest of my life”. So I started doing some short cooking clases.

After that in Buenos Aires, I studied Culinary Arts in Mausi Sebess and worked in a few restaurants there. Then I decided it was time to see other cooking cultures and have different experiences. So I applied to some restaurants in Spain, and I ended up working in a Michelin Star Restaurant in Barcelona (Hisop). From my boss there I learned uncountable things. I will always be thankful for that huge experience.

Back in Buenos Aires my wife and I opened our Restaurant in a beautiful antique house from the 30’s in Belgrano. As incredible as that experience was we decided to move here to Miami and open Paon Eatery.

I think that if what you do for a living is always comfort you end up living a passionless life. One of the things I like most about the kitchen is the moment when you are running in harmony with your cook team. You see in the face of your team the heat and the passion they put in. That moment is priceless. I could never work with someone that doesn’t feel the need to bring a good service.

More about Federico A. Cassino

What is your ultimate comfort food?: A "Vera Pizza Napoletana" style If you weren't a chef, what would you be?: A guitar player. What three things are always in your pantry?: Sea Salt, a good quality Olive Oil and Vinegar. If you could cook with anyone in the world, who would it be?: I would definitely love to cook with British musicians, such as Roger Waters, David Gilmour and Thom Yorke.