New Gibraltar Chef Comes From the Stanley Hotel
|The Gibraltar kitchen awaits Melendez.|
Redhead says Rafael was his sous chef for the past two years and was also in charge of banquet catering. "We must do 150 weddings a year here," says Redhead, who touts Rafael as "high-energy" and "very talented." Melendez studied at culinary school in Puerto Rico and previously worked in Miami at the Sofitel as well as another place that Stewart couldn't recall. But according to the Stanley chef, Rafael and his wife (she grew up in Miami) were less than thrilled with Rocky Mountain winters. Melendez has already begun working at Gibraltar.
So we welcome Rafael back to Miami, a magical place where a chef never has to drive to work dressed in a goose-down jacket.