moved from Brazil to the U.S. 19 years ago, and found his passion very unexpectedly. He began looking for a job, any job, as an immigrant to this country. Of course, as many of us the industry, he went to a restaurant for apply for his first job.
A small Cuban Restaurant hired Jose as a prep and fryer cook.
Not only did he have no idea how to cook, but he could not speak English or Spanish, which was a challenge, to say the very least.
In time, he began to learn English and feel more comfortable in the kitchen.
When Jose progressed from fryer to sauteé cook, he began to enjoy what he was doing, and no longer thought of it as "just a job". He became more focused on developing his cooking skills, and eventually became the lead line cook.
After years working there, gaining more experience, the Chef/Owner took him under his wing and became Jose's mentor.
He eventually began working in new restaurants, under different chefs, gaining more and more experience within the culinary world. Jose
then saw that he could turn this into his career.
It is unbelievable to him that he went from an inexperienced prep cook who did not even speak English or Spanish, to an Executive Chef.