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Lara Valadez

Junior Sous Chef

Portrait of Chef Lara Valadez

The Art Institute of San Antonio

Bachelor of Science in Culinary Management

Past Experience:
The Empty Stomach Group: Hot Joy, The Monterrey, and Barbaro. Morning sous chef at Barbaro, night manager at Lick Honest Ice Creams at the Pearl Brewery, small wedding and corporate luncheon catering.

Home Country:
United States

Favorite Cuisine:
Comfort Food (Grandma’s Cooking )

Kitchen Advice:
“When in the weeds, keep sweating, keep pushing, keep looking forward… never give up.”

What’s Your Favorite City For Eating?
My Hometown San Antonio , Breakfast Tacos are Life.

What’s Always In Your Refrigerator?

What’s Your Favorite White Wine? Favorite Red?
Riesling, Pinot Noir

What Would Be Your Last Meal?
Start off with a garden salad, then my entrée would be chicken-fried chicken with mashed potatoes and brown gravy, stewed green beans with bacon and tomato, a yeast roll, a glass of sweet tea, and a slice of yellow cake with chocolate frosting for dessert.

Do You Have A Guilty Food Pleasure?
Chick-Fil-a Spicy Chicken Sandwich with American cheese and extra pickle with Polynesian and ranch for dipping.

Do You Have a Secret Ingredient In Your Cooking?

What’s Your Dream Vacation?
Puerto Rico


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