I’m Carlos. I’m from Venezuela. When I arrived in the United States, I came to New York first before coming to Miami, and I’ve been here for seven months. I started cooking in Ecuador when I was 16. Cooking is a passion for me. It helps you discover yourself and life. It stimulates the hits from life, you learn, and that keeps me going. I wouldn’t be here without cooking. It kept me alive, filling me with the strength to continue forward.

In the future, I dream of opening my restaurant in Venezuela to conquer my people and show them what I have experienced in the United States through a cultural diversity menu.

The craziest thing that’s happened to me in the kitchen is enjoying it. Along the way, you begin to appreciate what once was private to you.