With over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Leo Osorio has worked in practically every food and beverage related position – from serving and tending bar to managing and cooking. Born in Colombia and raised in Miami, he is truly a home-grown talent who began his culinary journey in 2006 at TOWN Kitchen and Bar in Coral Gables. There he worked his way up from Server to General Manager. After almost seven years, Osorio moved on to other notable South Florida establishments including Finka Table & Tap and Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink. At the same time, Osorio earned an Associate Degree in Culinary Management from Miami Dade College in 2012 and a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management in 2014 from Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management.
In 2016, Osorio joined Kush Hospitality Group (KHG) where he worked at LoKal and Kush Coconut Grove serving a variety of roles including chef and manager of operations. Most recently, he made the move to KHG’s newest concept, Kush Hialeah – Florida’s oldest Jewish-style deli, originally established in 1954. The legendary restaurant reopened in 2019 after a two-year refurbishment. As Executive Chef of this notable landmark, Osorio works with KHG’s Owner/Operator Matthew Kuscher to create a menu that would make Bubbie proud featuring dishes inspired by deli classics with a smidgen of local Latin influences.
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KUSH Hospitality Group
Founded in 2011, KUSH Hospitality Group (KHG) began with the mission to create and operate cutting edge, one-of-a-kind concepts inspired by South Florida’s rich and diverse community. Every element of each KHG concept is hyper-curated by owner Matt Kuscher, from the menu design and art to merchandise and music. Each restaurant offers menus featuring locally sourced ingredients as well as interiors thoughtfully designed using primarily upcycled and environmentally friendly materials. In fact, KHG has become known as a local leader in eco-friendly practices, having received multiple awards acknowledging their conscious efforts. Kuscher’s goal is to provide the ultimate guest experience with stellar service, made-from-scratch food, and works by local artists carefully chosen so that each concept reflects its specific location and unique perspective on Miami life. KHG’s first concept, LoKal, pronounced [lo-ka’l], opened its doors December 2011 in Coconut Grove with the intention of featuring ingredients and beers primarily from Florida. LoKal is the first restaurant in Miami-Dade County to use 100% clean, renewable energy sourced from wind and solar power. Other restaurants followed: Kush Wynwood, located in Miami’s Wynwood arts district, and its sister store next door, Botanica – both of which have become known for their expansive craft beer selection; Kush Coconut Grove, which offers sustainable seafood paired with eclectic cocktails, ciders and meads; and Vicky’s House Milkshake Bar + Beer Store, a replica of Kuscher’s childhood home in 1986 located next door to LoKal and named after Kuscher’s mother. In Spring of 2019, after close to two years of development and historically-minded redesign, KHG opened a carefully-refurbished incarnation of the legendary Kush Hialeah, which first opened in 1954 as Stephen’s Delicatessen. Accessible through Kush Hialeah as well as through its own entrance – in the former kitchen space – is La Cocina Cocteleria, Hialeah’s first cocktail bar. For more information, visit kushhospitality.com.