I’ve always loved to cook, not just for my family, but as a profession. I was a line cook at a really known casual Cuban restaurant here, but once I reached my position, there was no where further for me to go. I felt like I had so much more to explore and to learn, so I ended up seeking new opportunities elsewhere – in more upscale restaurants. I was offered a job as a dishwasher to start, and I took it. It’s a crucial job, without it the kitchen would fail. I take pride in everything I do and this is all just part of that amazing learning process.



Esmeralda in the kitchen smiling at the camera