CARLOS A. RUIZ
Born in Lima Peru to diplomatic parents, Chef Carlos Ruiz was privy to travel and fine dining at a very young age. The experiences carried over to his current approach to food preparation and presentation. He developed a flair for Latin American cuisine as he honed his philosophy that food should be simple, flavorful and sexy. “You eat with your eyes first,” says Ruiz, “so presentation is as important as taste.” Ruiz took a roundabout path to get to culinary arts, originally working toward a degree in economics in Caracas, Venezuela. As he was analyzing the motion and the procedures in a restaurant kitchen, a sauté cook asked him for help in the middle of a dinner rush. “From that day on,” says Ruiz, “I haven’t let go of the pan.” A graduate of Johnson & Wales University’s culinary arts program, he worked his way through the ranks for prestigious kitchens at the Four Seasons Palm Beach, the Four Seasons Austin, the Ritz Carlton, the Hotel Sofitel Miami and The Historic Stanley Hotel.