Lorena's newest and most ambitious restaurant project is CHICA at The Venetian, which earns her the title of first female executive chef on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. CHICA is a celebration of Latin American cooking and hospitality, showcasing flavors, influences and techniques from Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, Argentina and Mexico combined and reimagined in Lorena’s distinct global style.
Lorena is also known for appearances on Top Chef Masters, America’s Next Great Restaurant, and multiple shows on Telemundo, and has published two bestselling cookbooks. She graduated with a Bachelors degree in culinary arts from Johnson & Wales University and recently received an honorary doctorate in culinary arts. She took her first job as an apprentice at the Ritz in Paris, and then worked her way through Italy, Japan, Korea, Thailand, and China amassing an arsenal of classical techniques and restaurant experience.
In July 2002, Lorena opened her first solo restaurant, Food Café, followed by Elements Tierra in Miami’s Design District. In 2011, she moved her restaurants into the airports (MIA, DFW and ATL), offering travelers Lorena Garcia Cocina, a healthier take on traditional Latin cuisine. Lorena also operates the Lorena Garcia Culinary Loft in Miami.
Lorena always finds time to give back and her “Big Chef, Little Chef” is a comprehensive non-profit program to help children and their families take control of their eating habits and, ultimately, their lives.