MEET CHRIS VALDES
Chris Valdes is a well-known face and culinary talent in the Miami food scene. At just twenty-nine, Chris has been on the cover of countless south Florida magazines, appeared on over one hundred talk and news shows, and was a finalist on Season 14 of Food Network Star and the FN web-based series Star Salvation.
YOUTUBE COOKING CHANNEL ‘COOKING WITH CHRIS’
Fusing Caribbean flavors with a Latin flair, Chef Valdes is bringing his easy, full proof, next level recipes to his YouTube channel Cooking with Chris. Here are just a few of his yummy dishes new cooks can easily follow; Cuban Steak Sandwich with Pickled Jalapeños and Caramelized Onions, Banana Foster French Toast and Chili Shrimp with Pico De Gallo Topped with Feta Cheese.
Raised in a Cuban family that owned several restaurants, Chris was a mini culinarian as a child. After school, he was his mom’s little sous chef. Always intrigued with Cuban spices and flavors, this later impacted his signature culinary style. Cooking with his mom became one of his favorite things to do… and so was watching Emeril Lagasse on TV. Chris was a die-hard fan and he dreamt of following in his hero’s culinary path.
MIAMI CELEBRITY CHEF & CATERER
But life wasn’t always easy for this budding chef to be. His father was incarcerated for nineteen years and his family lost their home and restaurant business. These adversities only fueled Chris’ desire to make something of himself. He was determined to be successful and perhaps even be the next Emeril Lagasse.
Chris’ calling as a Professional Chef became evident when he was awarded a $10,000 scholarship to the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. After graduating at just nineteen, Chris became a business owner. He opened Best Chefs Catering & Event Productions in Miami. Still a thriving business ten years later, Chef Valdes has worked with many major brands and big corporations like American Airlines, Neiman Marcus, Royal Caribbean, Regal Cinemas and Univision.
FOOD NETWORK LATINO CHEF
Giving back is important to Chris and he does so by speaking to and mentoring future culinary stars around the country. He also has a powerful impact on the local Miami community by championing philanthropic causes for the American Liver Foundation and Chapman Partnership for the homeless.