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About Steve Gonzalez:

Chef Steve Gonzalez is a first-generation Canadian with Colombian parents. He prides himself on being innovative and putting modern spins on classic Latino food. Steve has been in the restaurant business for 20 years. He has cooked in Spain, Hong Kong and Miami. His last post was chef de cuisine at Claudio Aprile’s latest venture, Origin, a Toronto culinary hotspot. Previously, he was chef de cuisine at Colborne Lane and sous chef at Sassafraz, to name a few.

Known as Toronto’s bad boy chef with the skills and attitude to match that description, chef Gonzalez has decided to finally open his own restaurant downtown scheduled to open late summer. This venture will bring nuevo Latino food including his famous ceviches and hard liquor drinks to the masses of Toronto’s culinary and foodie scene.

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About Kevin Chica-Vera:

Kevin Chica-Vera is a Toronto-born chef with Ecuadorian heritage. Chef Kevin has an extensive background preparing Italian cuisine and has centered much of his early cooking on Italian food concepts. He has also explored Asian cuisine and is interested in the similarities between Asian and Latin American flavours. On a recent trip back home to Ecuador, he reconnected with his Latin roots and has found his own personal style and interest in preparing classic Ecuadorian dishes. Chef Kevin was recently awarded his Red Seal certification and is working in Toronto.

Hot & Spicy: Past/Present/Future featuring Steve Gonzalez and Kevin Chica-Vera


In this series, participants from the past 15 years of Hot & Spicy select and pair up with an up-and-coming chef to watch in the local food scene! Last year at Hot & Spicy, Steve Gonzalez participated in a grueling Guinness World Record attempt that had him barbecuing for over 32 consecutive hours. This year, he will offer us a glimpse into the Nuevo Latino food he will be serving at his new restaurant as he pairs up with his new sous-chef, Kevin Chica-Vera.


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