Lokal Kitchen is the latest project from Lokal Eats. Located in Wynwood, our private space offers a unique gastronomic experience.
Edgar Leal - Nov 22th
Edgar Leal Bio
How do you culminate 30 years of experience that include early seasoning at New York’s Culinary Institute of America, earning an A.O.S and internships with Daniel Boulud in New York City and Ferran Adria in “El Bulli” in Barcelona, Spain?
You begin your dream.
Edgar Leal is an accomplished and impassioned chef who has filtered a global experience to created one of South Florida’s most critically acclaimed restaurants.
A creative and cultured free spirit, Chef Leal crafted his own destiny at the age of seventeen, when he decided to take his place in life as a chef; and to make a name for himself in doing so.
Chef Leal began as an apprentice cook under the guidance of Chef Marc Provost, at Gazebo Restaurant in his native Caracas, Venezuela. After two years of impressive growth and an outstanding and conscientious work ethic, Leal had the opportunity to work under Chef Pierre Blanchard at Deuxième ètage Restaurants, in Caracas.
Following six years of disciplined application and highly detailed execution of his responsibilities, the industrious Chef Leal accepted an opportunity to work at Casa Carmona Restaurant in Seville under the hand of Chef Iñaqui Izaguirre, winner of the National Award of gastronomy in Spain.
Two years of Spain and the environs of Europe, where he was able to reach into a variety of cultures including France and Monaco, gave Chef Leal a new depth and just enough restlessness to return home to forge a fresh path. He became the Executive Chef at ARA Restaurant Group, including ARA, the Nouveau Grill and the Hotel Lido. With Chile as his next destination; Chef Leal served as Guest Chef in the Marriot Hotel, Santiago de Chile, where he participated in a festival by changing the entire menu for a week. He was then invited to return to Europe by “Le Café de Paris” Monte Carlo, Monaco, to work his culinary prowess for their gastronomical weeks.
Food has been a gateway to the world for Chef Leal, a pathway through many countries and cultures. As he continues to perfect his craft, he has come to be noticed as the Ambassador of Latin American Cuisine in the world. The seventeen year old with a constant and tremendous talent has blossomed into an urbane young man of impeccable taste, unquestionable talent and accomplishment. His vision remains fresh, because he continues to raise his standard.
The dream? Cacao Restaurant, Leal Restaurant Caracas and Leal Bistro & art wynwood.
Chef Leal opened Cacao in Coral Gables in October 2002, with his wife Mariana Montero De Castro, Chef de Cuisine and Patissier of the restaurant.
Cacao Restaurant was named Best New Restaurant by Food & Wine, Florida Trend Magazine and The Miami Herald, and Coral Gables’ Most Accomplished Restaurant by Wine Spectator. Chef Leal has been featured by The New York Times, Time Magazine and has appeared on NBC’s Today Show. Chef Leal was named StarChefs Rising Star in 2004, along with Best Restaurant in Miami by Food & Wine. In 2007, Cacao was named one of America’s top 10 restaurants in Miami/South Florida by Zagat’s Restaurant Survey. Most recently, Wine Spectator Magazine recognized the restaurant with an “Award of Excellence” for their prized wine list.
In 2006, Chef Leal was commissioned by Antonio Ochoa-Piccardo, Architect and Owner of Tao Tie Yuan Restaurant in Beijing, China, to become Consultant Chef for the very first Fine Dining Latin Restaurant in China. This same year, Chef Leal was chosen to represent the Miami Region during the “Miami-Latin America Food Festival” at the Ciragan Palace Hotel Kempinski Istambul, Turkey, one of the finest luxury hotels worldwide. The renowned Intercontinental Hotel in Tokyo, Japan has also hosted Chef Leal’s creativity and majesty in the kitchen. That same year, Chef Leal had the honor of personally serving Princess Takamado of Japan, his fine culinary specialties during a “South American Gastronomic Festival” as part of an international cultural exchange event.
In 2007, Chef Leal was selected as a Distinguished Visiting Chef by Johnson & Wales University in Miami, FL. One of the nation’s most prestigious culinary arts institutions, Johnson & Wales’ Distinguished Chef Series was established in 1979 to honor outstanding culinarians and, at the same time, provide an expanded learning experience for culinary art students while raising scholarship funds for students in need of financial help. In addition, Chef Anthony Bourdain and Chef Edgar Leal held a management and leadership conference in Caracas, Venezuela, Chef Leal’s home town, in August 2007 to aspiring restaurant students.
In 2008, Cacao Restaurant was featured and named best Venezuelan restaurant in the Food & Drink section of The Wall Street Journal. Recently, Chef Leal was selected to co-host a cooking show for CASA Club TV, La Cocina de Edgar leal, which will air all over America, Spain and Portugal.
Now Chef Leal, runs his owned restaurant in wynwood Called Leal Bistro & art and also runs in Caracas a restaurnant called Leal restaurant.
With Leal Restaurant Edgar won the Silver Spoon in 2015, the most prestigious award that a Venezuelan can get in the country.
Many honors have been awarded to Chef Leal, but two of the closest to heart are the fact that he is the first Venezuelan to present a dinner at the James Beard Foundation House in New York City (December 2003/July 2005) as well as receiving a Special Appreciation Award by Easter Seals for his dedication in implementing culinary mentor programs designed to enhance the capabilities of young individuals with special needs. Edgar Leal: dreamer, traveler, an Ambassador; but most of all, a Chef.
Yssuhiro - Dic 4th
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.