Ralph Pagano To Open Alba at Sole on the Ocean
In addition to working non-stop on Alba and the resort, Pagano is also hosting a cooking competition on Lifetime, which features local culinary students from Fort Lauderdale's Art Institute competing at different locations throughout south Florida. "I act as the host and mentor, so I reward them when they succeed, and punish them when they fail. I get to play Ted Allen and Gordon Ramsay at the same time."
And as for leaving the horses behind at Gulfstream Park? Pagano said he never would have left if not for this opportunity. "I loved everything about Gulfstream Park," he says. "In fact, I'll be there opening day."
Sipping a mojito, Pagano once again looks out the windows, clearly smitten with the view. "Look, I call this the big gamble, but I'm all in," Pagano says. "I mean look at this place. Look at what I have to work with. There are so many opportunities where I can do so many things. I'm creating a food playground."
|The bar at Alba.|