Born in Honduras, Soraya Caraccioli-Kilgore moved to Denver to attend culinary School at Johnson and Wales University. While in Denver she received a culinary degree and moved on to receive a second degree in Liberal Arts with a minor in Hospitality Management from UMKC in Kansas. Shortly after, Kilgore moved to Chicago where her culinary journey began. Thoroughly immersed in Chicago’s culinary scene, Kilgore decided to take one final step in her education so she enrolled at Kendall College where she studied to become a pastry chef. It was here she realized that her heart belonged to one specific part of the kitchen, pastries, and she has never looked back.
After receiving her degree in Pastry, Soraya moved to Miami where she obtained a job at the Betsy Hotel in the Laurent Tourondale Restaurant BLT and after that at the Setai.
As her career in Miami flourished, Soraya’s experience and knowledge obtained from the restaurant and hospitality industry along with her natural affinity for creating delectable pastries landed her the position of Head Pastry Chef at the newly opened 1826 Restaurant and Lounge headed by two-star Michelin Chef Danny Grant and received praise from guests and food critics alike. She later went to work with her husband at their restaurant Alter which was named one of the 300 best restaurants in the world by Condé Nast and a James Beard nod as Best New Restaurant. Soraya is also the Pastry Chef at Brava by Brad Kilgore inside the beautiful Adrienne Arsht Center, her husbands new venture. The pair also has two other projects coming for 2018, two new restaurants in the Design District.