Restaurateur, TV personality, TV producer, philanthropist, and published author Lorena Garcia is currently one of the country’s leading chefs, well known for numerous TV series, a successful chain of restaurants, and cookbooks. Garcia first embraced a love of food as a child, at family gatherings while growing up in Caracas, Venezuela. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in culinary arts from Johnson & Wales University and more recently received an honorary doctorate in culinary arts.
In July 2002 Garcia took the leap and opened her own restaurants, Food Café and then Elements Tierra, in Miami’s Design District. Garcia’s latest restaurant project is CHICA at The Venetian, the first female chef, and restaurateur on the Las Vegas Strip.