Chef Valeria Castro was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Growing up as the oldest sibling, she often volunteered to cook dinner for her family. When she wasn’t cooking, she watched her grandmother’s techniques, hoping to steal a trick or two. This passion led her to New York to pursue her education at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. In 2019 she graduated and worked for Jean-Georges Vongerichten and his son Cedric Vongerichten at Perry St in New York City. During her time at Perry St, Valeria discovered new Asian and Indonesian inspired flavors created through fresh produce and seasonal vegetables. Valeria has cooked for celebrities such as Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Ryan Reynolds and Julianne Moore. In her free time, she loves to travel and explore new places.
Valeria says, “I cherish every single moment I get to spend with my family therefore I love going back to Puerto Rico every chance I get. They are the ones that keep me moving forward and motivate me to be the best version of myself. I’m lucky to do what I love for a living and I can’t wait to share this with our dear customers.”