Omar Ivan Montero Flores
Chef Omar’s childhood revolved around the family kitchen while watching his family’s catering business evolve. That early introduction to authentic Mexican cuisine led him to receive professional culinary training in Mexico City at University Anahuac (Campus of the renowned CIA and The Cordon Bleu).
Chef Omar worked in many prestigious restaurants, resorts and private catering companies in Mexico City, Monterrey & Cancun. After a bold decision of moving to the States, he gained ample experience in fine dining while working in Florida, Colorado, Minnesota, San Francisco & Napa Valley focusing on high-end boutique hotels. He has been mentored by well-known Chef Louis Pous from Little Palm Island Resort, Asia de Cuba, and had the opportunity to be part of his team at the New York James Beard Awards. Settling in Miami, he joined the culinary team at The Setai. Chef Omar embarked on the opening of La Veinte Deli & Café, sister to Cantina La Veinte in July 2014.
In 2016, Chef Omar, along with his partner and friend, Chef Giovanni Sandri, founded Unique Catering Design. Chef Omar has also consulted for Copper29 Bar & Restaurant and worked with Healthy and Happy Cafe, both in Coral Gables. Born in Miami and established in 2017, as a small pop-up in the Midtown Garden Center. La Santa Taqueria is Chef Omar’s first personal project.
Chef Omar is currently delighting us with everyday dishes for the Miami community to enjoy.