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Chef Jodrick I. Ujaque,  arrived to the Miami culinary scene in 2006, born in  October 30th in Mayagüez Puerto Rico, he was born into a family very familiar with food. Their family business, “Carniceria Ujaque,” is a butcher shop located in “La Plaza del Mercado” in their hometown was established in 1946.  He held his first job in the service industry as a dish washer/prep  cook at the age of 15 for local  Chinese restaurant, after high school he then later moved to Orlando Florida to seek an opportunity.

Chef Jodrick joined Cafe Tu Tu Tango in 2001 and that inspired him to pursuit a career in culinary arts. This was a place with art, food, and creativity, where individuality was embraced. With his degree in hand he returned to the same place that started his original passion for food. 

This venture brought him to Miami FL, where Chef Jodrick worked as a Sous Chef for Cafe Tu Tu Tangos in Coconut Grove where he had full access to the creative development necessary for a very diverse Miami crowd. Stepping out of his comfort zone, he worked for Dolores but you can call me Lolita as a food consultant and as the Executive Chef for their original menu. After Dolores he decided to go back to his roots as a “hardcore cook” and he began working for a well-recognized restaurant in Coral Gables, Ortanique at the Mile (Chef Cindy Hutson), and the River Oyster Bar (Chef David Baraka) in Brickell. 

 Recognizing that there was a need for a change in the local culinary landscape,Chef Jodrick and his family took a chance on September 2011 and opened Chefs on the Run Assorted Cuisine in Homestead, FL where their restaurant offers the unique style of Caribbean-Americana Gastro Pub.  Chefs on the Run was named “The Best Burger in Town” at the Burger Brawl on Krome Avenue in November 2013-2015. They held an astonishing 4.5 years as the top rated by Trip Advisor, top rated place to eat in Homestead by The Travel Channel making the restaurant a destination.

On January 24, 2013 Chef Jodrick was featured on a local news network on the segment “Bites with Belkys” where he presented the Kan Kan Pork Chop from Chefs on the Run, the only restaurant in the US to offer this Puerto Rican rarity. Chef Jodrick was featured on the Spanish show “Delicioso” with Ingrid Hoffman. He was the  first local chef to be invited to cook at Paradise Farm’s “Dinner in Paradise” in its 30-year history. 

Chef Jodrick’s Chefs on the Run Assorted Cuisine was voted as the “Best Bites at the Beach” winner at the Food Network & Cooking Channel, SoBe WFF both in 2014 and 2015. On May 2017 Chefs on the Run Assorted Cuisine won the People’s choices award at Burger Beast’s Hamburger House Party were crowed as the Best Burger in South Florida, this victory earned them a spot for SoBe WFF 2018 Heineken Burger Bash.

More about Jodrick I Ujaque

What is your ultimate comfort food?Medium grain white rices and Puerto Rican style Bistec encebollado, Lord that takes me back!If you weren't a chef, what would you be?Brew MasterWhat three things are always in your pantry?Cardamom Salt VinegarIf you could cook with anyone in the world, who would it be?Keanu Reeves