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Alex Garcia    

Cuban American Chef

Alex García is a Cuban American chef who helped popularize a version of Cuban food at several New York City restaurants and on the Food Network.

After attending Northeastern University in Massachusetts where he earned a degree in hotel and restaurant management, as well as the Culinary Institute of America, and Florida International University García worked alongside chef Douglas Rodriguez for four years at Yuca restaurant in Miami. García also has worked in New York has included stints on the Food Network in Soho, Babalu, Patria, and Calle Ocho.In 2011, became the executive chef of Babalu Restaurant and Lounge in the Throgs Neck section of the Bronx.

Chef Garcia is also the Director of Culinary Operations for Barrio Foods and leads the Barrio Foods catering business, MAMBO catering. He oversees the kitchens at a number of properties throughout New York City including Calle Ocho, the Copacabana Supper Club, the VIP food service at the Copacabana Nightclub, Barrio, Havana Café, Havana Room, Open Book Café at the Brooklyn Public Library, Cabana Bar and Rooftop 760.

Chef Garcia is the author of a cookbook, In a Cuban Kitchen, and has launched a range of authentic Spanish cookware products called Culinary Habana. As the founder of The Spice Company, he develops spice blends available for wholesale and retail purchase throughout New York City and the Caribbean.

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