Lokal Kitchen is the latest project from Lokal Eats. Located in Wynwood, our private space offers a unique gastronomic experience.
Karina Rivera - Oct 25th
BIO Karina Rivera
Born and raised in Mexico City, Chef Karina Rivera studied Culinary Arts at Universidad Anahuac in Mexico City. In 2010 she did a semester abroad in Madrid at Universidad Camilo José Cela, she graduated in 2011 and took her first formal job as a pastry cook at Celebrity Cruises. After that, she did an internship at St Regis hotel in Bal Harbour, where she met Chef Antonio Bachour.
During that time she assisted in the elaboration of his books and became the pastry chef for his first business Bachour Bakery and Bistro and then Head Pastry Chef of Bachour Miami.
Additionally, she travelled with him around the world assisting him in international events and pastry masterclasses. She also has dictates classes in Miami and México City.
In 2018 she founded Women Chefs 305 (@womenchefs305), an organization that’s purpose is to bring together all the women in the food and beverage industry in Miami and promote equality between both genders.
With more than 60 K followers on Instagram she inspires pastry aficionados and professionals with her sweet creations, specially her tempting macarons.
Finalist at the Food Network´s Spring Baking Championship season 4 she is now the Head Pastry chef of Novikov Miami.
From his early years, growing up in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Torres found a love for food through family. The kitchen was the heart of the house as it is in many cultures. They were the memorable moments Torres shares with his mother and younger brother. Torres began his young years learning his way around the kitchen with his mom. She taught him favorite traditional plates of the Latin culture and the most loved all-American classics. Torres could now cook for his younger brother and himself while his mom went to work. Contributing to the family dynamic as a child, Torres looked after his younger brother and cooked delicious plates like the Puerto Rican comfort food, Arroz con Gandules, to his brothers all American favorite, Philly cheesesteak. His little brother loved his cooking, and so did his mom. As he grew comfortable in the kitchen, he started creating his own dishes. His mother aware of his developing skills and dedication to cooking through the years encouraged him to explore culinary as a career.
Torres decided to look deeper into what he loved and moved Miami, Florida to enroll into Johnson and Wales for a culinary education. Later, an internship opportunity presented itself in Ireland, and Torres jumped at the chance to study abroad under chef Paul Mc Donald at Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort, a five-star leading hotel. A graduate from Johnson and Wales, Torres continued to pursue his passion and embarked on his career working in the kitchen for Sushi Samba, Wish and Nobu. His apprenticeship under his mentor Thomas Buckley from Nobu inspired Torresto to dive further into the art of culinary. He continued his career opening Zuma and later opening The Dutch.
Torres explored the world’s great culinary regions beginning with Spain.
Torres worked for Martin Berasategui, a Basque chef and owner of an eponymous restaurant in Lasarte-Oria in Spain, which has been awarded three Michelin stars since 2001.
It was a once in a lifetime experience learning under the chef, the full production of real fine dining, and working with a large kitchen team. Torres continued his adventure for creative inspiration over the years which now translates into his artisanal skills. Torres is innovative in the kitchen bringing his travels into his dishes.
Traveling and discovering new delicacies from many places including Northern Europe, Italy, Japan, Northern Thailand, South Korea, Bali, Jakarta and Panama influences Torres to be inventive while creating his dishes. I take what I like from those regions, and I incorporate it into my cuisine. I like when people try my food, and they smile, and they have a pleasant reaction. Being at the right place and the right time in life, in 2014 the stars aligned and Torres was introduced to the partners behind a new Asian concept rolling out into the Miami market, Drunken Dragon by Homecookin Hospitality Group. Torres was appointed Executive Chef and given full creative control. Fast forward to the present, Drunken Dragon is one of the favorite restaurants in Miami receiving multiple awards for its cuisine and design elements.
Nilvia Guerrero - Oct 25th
BIO Nilvia Guerrero
Chef Nilvia's culinary journey started in México where she is originally from. As a country, Mexico is famous for possessing one of the most authentic and delicious gastronomies in the world, and under that context Nilvia grew up in a family and culture where every celebration was surrounded by food. She always saw the love and dedication her mother, grandmother and aunts gave while cooking and how that made people happy, so she decided to study culinary arts at the first culinary school in Latin-America Colegio Superior de Gastronómia in México City. When she graduate she moved to Grapevine TX, to do a one year internship at Gaylord Texan Resort, after that she moved back to México as the head Chef of an industrial dining room at Pemex.
In 2015 a great opportunity to come back to the U.S. presented, but now in Miami, at St Regis Bal Harbour luxury hotel, after that she worked at 1 Hotel South Beach on beachcraft by Tom Colicchio After one year she took an opportunity to work at Los Fuegos by Francis Mallman for almost 3 years, to then open Bachour restaurant in coral gables as a Savory Sous chef. Now she is back at Los fuegos cooking with wood fire Authentic Argentinian Asados. Nilvia is a proud Mexican chef so she always tries to use a Mexican ingredient or techniques when she cooks.
The concept behind Lokal Kitchen, is to create special interaction between the chef’s and guests. An encounter you normally wouldn’t have at a restaurant. The Chef will always use the best ingredients and seasonal produce from our local farmers, and carefully selecting the best wine pairing to each dish. This experience has created an innnovative way for people to connect, interact, and enjoy a delectable dinner all conveniently located in our space.
Trust me, you will feel at home. And hey! who wouldn’t want a personal chef preparing a special meal just for you. So make sure to get those taste buds ready when you have entered Lokal Kitchen.
Mostly known as Lokal_Eats. Big time foodie and a passionate explorer for good gastronomy. After much traveling and trying different cuisines, i decided it was time to bring these experiences to other fellow connoisseurs.
Therefore, Lokal Kitchen was born!
I invite my favorite chefs to share an unforgettable experience in my kitchen. An intimate dinner that defines their cuisine and an opporunity for Miami foodies to enjoy, laugh, and eat. Eat well!!
This space was designed with tender loving care. A home away from home.