Rafael Rodriguez, executive chef
Nominator: Mary Beth Toewe, director of communications, Eurest USA
“Chef Rafael Rodriguez’s passion shines through when he is preparing a catering event for a client, or an individual meal for each guest.
Rafael was recognized recently as having shown great ownership, leadership and professionalism supporting two districts in Puerto Rico. Rafael was instrumental in the execution of a Business Plan of one of our largest clients in Puerto Rico, assisting with VIP catering events, new program implementations, vendor management and all operational activities.
Rafael is also a star in his own right, performing on camera live demonstrating a great recipe through our Teaching Kitchen format.
He started in the kitchen at the age of 16 working with friends of the family in a small café and a few years later began studying culinary arts. He is now 27 years in the kitchen!
Making a meal an experience is what inspires Rafael. He loves serving great food in the comfort of an office environment while giving a restaurant experience. It’s like taking something simple and making it spectacular!
‘It is very fulfilling to see our guests happy and confident with what we serve them. It feels amazing when they are willing to eat what the chef recommends because of the confidence in what we do,’ says Rafael
Rafael is a family guy, a BBQ freak with a few charcoal grills, smoker and broiler, always trying to become a Pit Master one day! He is very passionate about food and is working on a personal project writing a recipe book and creating a YouTube channel named #lomejorparalosmios (the best to my people) to include his all-time favorite family recipes.”