February 20-24, 2019 Miami Beach
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Robyn Almodovar

Staten Island native and Floridian resident Chef Robyn Almodovar knows how to give you “A Party in Your Mouth”. With a half Puerto Rican, half Italian background, Almodovar’s childhood was filled with culture, vibrancy and a deeply ingrained passion for food that began in Staten Island, New York. By age three, Almodovar was rolling meatballs alongside her grandmother for Sunday’s Gravy. That was a tradition Almodovar and her nanny shared.

Almodovar started working in a bakery at the age of 15 and had no idea that her passion would be in the culinary industry.... READ MORE

Staten Island native and Floridian resident Chef Robyn Almodovar knows how to give you “A Party in Your Mouth”. With a half Puerto Rican, half Italian background, Almodovar’s childhood was filled with culture, vibrancy and a deeply ingrained passion for food that began in Staten Island, New York. By age three, Almodovar was rolling meatballs alongside her grandmother for Sunday’s Gravy. That was a tradition Almodovar and her nanny shared.

Almodovar started working in a bakery at the age of 15 and had no idea that her passion would be in the culinary industry. In 2005 Almodovar graduated from the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Atlanta and relocated to Fort Lauderdale, Florida to begin her apprenticeship as banquet cook at The Hyatt Regency Pier 66, a Four Diamond Hotel. This was a real eye opener for Chef Almodovar and she realized it was her passion. Throughout her career, Almodovar has methodically mastered every position in the kitchen. From line cook to executive chef position at Jeff’s Beach House Grill in Fort Lauderdale Florida. In 2008 Almodovar took to the high seas and became the executive chef of a 172’ yacht, Lady Windridge. Robyn spent her days as a Yacht chef for 2 and a half years. Realizing that she missed the “heat” in the kitchen, Almodovar decides to go part time on the boats so that she could pursue new endeavors. She worked at several respectable South Florida restaurants including The Forge and Danny Devito’s Devito
South Beach before obtaining an Executive Sous Chef position at the Royal Palm Hotel. This is when Robyn was casted for FOX’s Hell’s Kitchen Season 10 and finished as a Top Finalist. In 2011, with enough courage and tenacity to strike out on her own, Almodovar purchased a 24’ food truck and founded “Palate Party”, a fresh, mobile food café that utilizes locally sourced ingredients. Palate Party was the first female-owned, non-dessert food truck in South Florida and it’s the only truck with a custom stage built on top for live entertainment, dancing and musical performances. In 2013 Miami New Times voted Palate Party Best Food Truck in Miami as well as 3rd Best Food Truck in South Florida by Sun Sentinel. Almodovar’s 3rd year as a “food trucker” she decided to purchase a 2nd food truck called Palate Party POP. The fall of 2014 Almodovar was on a new television series Food Truck Face Off, which premiered on October 2nd on Food Network. On each of the 13 episodes, hosted by Jesse Palmer, four teams present their unique food truck concepts to an expert panel of judges. Almodovar was the Miami Food Truck Expert guest judge for 3 episodes.

In July and August of 2015 Chef Robyn Almodovar competed and won both CHOPPED and Cut Throat Kitchen both on Food Network. Almodovar was also a contestant in July 2015 on Camp Cut Throat which is a tournament style camping trip that consisted of wilderness sabotages. In September of 2015. Almodovar was a contestant on CHOPPED Impossible which was also a tournament style where the winner competed against Robert Irvine. Recently Almodovar went back to Hell’s Kitchen Allstars to try to win the Head Chef position for Gordon Ramsey’s restaurant. Almodovar finished as a Top Finalist.

Almodovar will continue to strive as a culinarian and a Brand Ambassador. She feels that as long as you have local purveyors she can give anyone “A Party in Your Mouth”. For more info on Robyn Almodovar, visit www.palateparty.com

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