Reuben Ruiz

My passion for food and the kitchen alike started when I was younger watching my Abuela cook for the family, she had such an embrace for all things culinary that her love for food was almost Magnetic.

I began cooking chicken breast to order at my fathers restaurants when I was ten years young, from cleaning, taking orders and...

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My passion for food and the kitchen alike started when I was younger watching my Abuela cook for the family, she had such an embrace for all things culinary that her love for food was almost Magnetic.

I began cooking chicken breast to order at my fathers restaurants when I was ten years young, from cleaning, taking orders and helping the line cooks out my hunger to learn more only escalated.

From there I began working along side my folks, Shortys bbq restaurant and I had my own catering business named “All Events Catering” which kept me pretty busy.

I decided that food was my calling and was accepted to Johnson & Wales University for its culinary arts program where I received a bachelors in Food Service Management to only better myself in the business perspective as well.

From Culinary school I began working with so many great Chefs at the Loews Hotel Miami Beach were I was nicknamed “Fire extinguisher” because I was that Guy who any of the many kitchens would call upon to get them out of the weeds, I was also the demo guys for all things ceviches and guacamoles every Saturday poolside with any guest who would walk by.

My time at the Loews allowed me to participate several years in the South Beach Wine and food festival preparing recipes for big name chefs and now I am participating myself with my own restaurant which is a complete turn around and a goal/dream accomplished.

I have now been the proud owner of Airport Cafe in Miami springs since 2008. We have been turning out so many different daily specials that keep the customers coming back for more out of pure inquisitiveness to see what I come up with next.

Food is my passion before anything else. It comforts you when you’re sad, in times of celebration we eat and food evokes memories/emotions within a single bite. What else has the power that Food has?

ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Food Network star season 10 – 6 episodes
Won Fan Favorite

Star Salvation on foodnetwork.com

Grand Tasting winner South Beach Wine and Food festival for the area of South Miami

Deemed a Top Hidden Gem in Miami by eater.com

Deemed top 31 Burgers in Miami by Miami herald

Featured on Foodbeast, Delish and Eater

Several articles pertaining to Airport Cafe by the herald, Miami new times and local media.

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