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Reuben Ruiz, a 31 year old Miami native, grew up in a traditional Cuban family that owns several successful restaurants. He started working in kitchens when he was just 10 years old. His passion for food guided him through Johnson & Wales University where he graduated and went on to own his own restaurant in the heart of Miami. He struggled with his weight for many years, but lost 100 pounds and has kept it off ever since which is difficult when your family is in the restaurant industry. He specializes in dishes with a touch of Latin influence and a lot of flavor but also has a passion for creating new ideas that are completely out of the box. Reuben participated in Season 10 of Food Network Star and won Fan Favorite. He is honest, outspoken and full of energy, as well as having a strong work ethic. Reuben is ready to inspire others with his journey and food.

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What is your ultimate comfort food?My mothers Mac and cheese (velveeta brand) which she kicks up several notches with a crazy amount of butter and spicesIf you weren't a chef, what would you be?A VeterinarianWhat three things are always in your pantry?Herbs de Provence, Saffron and SaltIf you could cook with anyone in the world, who would it be?I would love to cook with Julia Child while drinking some wine and hearing about all her amazing accomplishments