February 20-24, 2019 Miami Beach
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Paz

Arturo Paz joins the Lobster Bar Sea Grille team as Executive Chef. Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Executive Chef Arturo Paz came to the United States at the age of 17 after being accepted at Cornell to study architecture. However, finding winter in New York unbearable, Paz transferred to Tulane University in New Orleans, a move that would propel him into some of the most respected kitchens in the country. Paz spent his days at a drafting table at Tulane’s School of Architecture and his nights working as a prep cook... READ MORE

Arturo Paz joins the Lobster Bar Sea Grille team as Executive Chef. Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Executive Chef Arturo Paz came to the United States at the age of 17 after being accepted at Cornell to study architecture. However, finding winter in New York unbearable, Paz transferred to Tulane University in New Orleans, a move that would propel him into some of the most respected kitchens in the country. Paz spent his days at a drafting table at Tulane’s School of Architecture and his nights working as a prep cook under Chef Emeril Lagasse and Jamie Shanno. But Paz’s passion for cooking didn’t end when he earned his degree in architecture.

Paz set his sights on Miami, an international food capital, where the familiar Latin American ingredients of his youth were mainstream. “Chefs were coming from all over the nation and using ingredients that I grew up with, elevating them to the level of fine dining. It was incredibly eye-opening” Paz recounts. His passion for cooking only grew as he worked at several renowned restaurants, eventually earning the position of Executive Chef at BANG in South Beach. Paz attributes much of his success to his passion for learning, a quality shown clearly by his decision to formally study cooking at Johnson & Wales in Miami even after he held an Executive Chef position.

For Paz, each dish is about creation and harmony, and with each plate you see a glimpse into Paz’s broad life experiences. Cooking represents the ultimate art form. As he explains, “It’s the only form of art that you can taste, smell, see, and feel.”

When he isn’t in his chef whites, Paz can be found spending time at the beach with his wife, Stephanie, and son, Arturo.

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