I have been working in kitchens since I was a teenager in east LA. I didn’t always make the best choices and I got into some trouble. When I was 18, I move to Miami Springs and when I was 20, I became a father. That refocused my life.

For years I tried to get ahead in the restaurant business...

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I have been working in kitchens since I was a teenager in east LA. I didn’t always make the best choices and I got into some trouble. When I was 18, I move to Miami Springs and when I was 20, I became a father. That refocused my life.

For years I tried to get ahead in the restaurant business as a cook. People had a hard time getting past the tattoos, beard, and shaved head. I had to prove I was not just a tattooed chico from Hialeah.

After going from restaurant to restaurant and graduating from Johnson & Wales in North Miami, I asked the owner of a restaurant that was going down to let me try and bring business in by making my burgers.

In 2010 I gathered $5000 to turn that into my first restaurant, Juniors gourmet burgers. Since then we have won 2017 south beach food and wines burger bash, hamburger house party 2015, 2016, and 2018, grilled and chillen mac and cheese winner 2018, and Miami new times best burger 2011 and 2018.

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