Lorena Garcia, Robyn Almodovar on Hell's Kitchen, Top Chef Masters
|Robyn Almodovar is suited up to do battle... in Hell.|
Take local chefs, Robyn Almodovar and Lorena Garcia, for example. While both are clearly beautiful, they also have the skills and cunning to land them on two of the most popular cooking shows on television for the upcoming summer season.
The chefs join a growing list of Miami chefs who have appeared on television cooking shows.
Jeff McInnis (Yardbird Southern Table & Bar), Kenny Gilbert (Swine Southern Table & Bar), Andrea Curto-Randazzo, Howie Kleinberg (Bulldog Barbecue), and Micah Edelstein (neMesis Urban Bistro) have all appeared on Top Chef as contestants, while Paula DaSilva (1500 Degrees at Eden Roc) competed on Hell's Kitchen.
Lorena Garcia is one of 11 chefs competing on season four of Top Chef Masters. This spinoff of the wildly popular, Emmy award-winning Top Chef, pits seasoned chefs and restaurateurs against each other in weekly battles for culinary supremacy.
Garcia will be competing against heavy hitters like two-time James Beard winner and former Oprah Winfrey chef Art Smith, Chris Cosentino (Incanto Restaurant, San Francisco), and James Beard winner Debbie Gold (The American Restaurant, Kansas City). Chef/author/critic/tweeter Ruth Reichl and Saveur's editor-in-chief James Oseland are among the judges who will be deciding which chef packs their knives each week. Top Chef Masters season four premieres Wednesday, July 25 at 10 p.m. on Bravo.
Garcia is the owner and executive chef of Lorena Garcia Cocina at Miami International Airport, and plans to expand her restaurant concept of healthy Latin food to Atlanta International and Dallas-Ft. Worth International airports. The Venezuelan-born chef moved to the U.S. to complete an associate's degree in paralegal studies before deciding to trade in the law books for a set of knives. After graduating Johnson & Wales culinary arts program, Garcia traveled the world to complete her education, working as an apprentice in kitchens in France, Italy, Japan, Korea, Thailand, and China before heading back to Miami.
Robyn Almodovar is a contestant on the slightly edgier Hell's Kitchen. You know -- the one that has chef Gordon Ramsay scream, belittle, and intimidate chefs while the world watches. Almodovar is one of 18 chefs who will volunteer for weekly verbal abuse by Ramsay as they compete for the grand prize -- a job as head chef at Gordon Ramsay Steak at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, where they will get to be abused by Ramsay on a regular basis.
Almodovar is uniquely qualified for the high-pressure circus of a television show. As the owner of the Palate Party food truck, Almodovar has experienced first-hand large crowds, rain-outs, and even a propane tank accident that had the chef airlifted to Broward General Hospital last September.
A Le Cordon Bleu graduate, Almodovar has worked at the Hyatt Regency Fort Lauderdale and The Forge in Miami Beach before rolling out her food truck.
Hell's Kitchen premieres tonight at 8 p.m. on Fox, with part two of the premiere airing tomorrow night at 8 p.m. Chef Almodovar is hosting a watch party tonight at the Food Truck Invasion at Arts Park in Hollywood. Dine at one of the 28 food trucks from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., the watch Hell's Kitchen at 8 p.m. with chef Almodovar from the Palate Party truck.
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