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Ivan Medina

Chef Consultant, CREA

Portrait of Chef Ivan Medina

Education: Auburn University

Certifications: Certified Beer Server (Cicerone), HACCP certified

Past Experience: Think Food Group (minibar, Zaytinya, Jaleo DC, e by Jose Andres); The Roost & Neighborhood Provisions

Home Country: Puerto Rico

Favorite Cuisine: Greek and Spanish

Kitchen Advice: Always try to maintain a work/life balance. Hard work pays off, but you have to enjoy your personal time to be at your best in the kitchen.

What’s Your Favorite City For Eating?

Los Angeles

What’s Always In Your Refrigerator?

Tapatio hot sauce, hummus, and coffee

What’s Your Favorite White Wine? Favorite Red?

Red: Vina Tondonia Tempranillo; Rose: Alfio Moriconi Selection Rose Sancerre

What Would Be Your Last Meal?

My mother’s Christmas Pernil (roasted pork), arroz con gandules, Tostones, and fresh avocado

Do You Have A Guilty Food Pleasure?

Pistachio croissants and French macrons

Do You Have a Secret Ingredient In Your Cooking?

Brown mustard in my eggs

What’s Your Dream Vacation?

Santorini, Greece


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