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Luis Lopez

Cooking is the way to bring the world together!!! One meal at the time. CL

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How long have you been cooking?

1. I’ve been cooking for over 30 years. I don’t have any professional training. I taught myself how to cook. I started off as a dishwasher, and I found myself constantly working different jobs around different restaurants. Working those jobs gave me opportunities to learn from all different kinds of chefs. And because of that, I’ve dubbed my own cooking style as “mutt”. I take all the knowledge and wisdom I’ve gained over the years and blend it all together. I

What is your signature dish?

I don’t have a signature dish since I like to fuse different kinds of cuisine. There are styles that I like to pull from most however: Italian, French, and American. I’d say my “signature” would be all those put together with some Latin flare added on top. The dishes I’ve come to create from this style will forever be staples in my menus.

What will you do with the $50,000?

If I won, I would like to use the $50,000 to improve the kitchen. My restaurant has gone through a few renovations over the years, but the kitchen itself has remained unchanged. It’s a very humble space and we will always make it work, but I’ve always dreamed of having the kitchen big enough for my family to be able to fit inside of it. I have 4 boys, a young daughter, and the most beautiful wife in the world. And I wish I could see all of them inside the kitchen with me.