Cuban chefs to meet peers in Miami

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Chef Michael Alejandro Calvo Oviedo of Atelier in Havana

Chef Michael Alejandro Calvo Oviedo of Atelier in Havana

CUBA STANDARD — An entrepreneurial exchange program created by the Miami-based Cuba Study Group will bring four chefs of privately-owned restaurants in Cuba to Miami Aug. 10-14 to exchange with local peers.

Chef Luis Alberto Alfonso Pérez of El Gringo Viejo, Chef Michael Alejandro Calvo Oviedo of Atelier, Chef Yamilet Magariño Andux of Andux, and Chef Gilberto Smith Álvarez of Pizzanella will be hosted by some of Miami’s top chefs, including Executive Chef Wolfgang Birk of Area 31, Chef Bernie Matz of Bodega, Chef Alberto Cabrera of Bread and Butter, Chef Santiago Alvarez of Cantina la 20,  Michelle Bernstein of Cena and Crumb, Chef Douglas Rodriguez of De Rodriguez Catering, Chef Tomas Prado of Golden Fig, Chef Victor Santos of Tuyo, Chef Miguel Aguilar of Wynwood Kitchen and Bar and Chef Steve Hosang of Sushi Maki, among others.

The Cuba Study Group’s entrepreneurial exchange — partly funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation — seeks to pair Cuban entrepreneurs with their counterparts in Miami to encourage collaboration, develop skills, and educate Miami entrepreneurs about the challenges and opportunities of private entrepreneurship in Cuba.

Each participating Cuban chef will spend a day at a different restaurant working alongside their hosts. The week will conclude with a demo for students at Miami Dade College’s Culinary Institute and a taste-and-tell with 100 guests at Tuyo restaurant.

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