2020 Talent

VISITING CHEFS

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Robyn Almodovar
Winner of Food Network's CHOPPED and Cut Throat Kitchen, Staten Island native and Florida resident Chef Robyn Almodovar knows how to give you “A Party in Your Mouth”. With a half Puerto Rican, half Italian background, Almodovar’s childhood was filled with culture, vibrancy and a deeply ingrained passion for food. By age three, Almodovar was rolling meatballs alongside her grandmother for Sunday’s Gravy. A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, Almovodar's diverse career has ranged from executive chef of a 172’ yacht on the high seas to South Florida restaurants including The Forge, Danny Devito's Devito South Beach, and the Royal Palm Hotel. Casted for FOX’s Hell’s Kitchen Season 10, Almovodar finished as a Top Finalist. In 2011, Almodovar purchased a 24’ food truck and founded “Palate Party”, a fresh, mobile café that utilizes locally sourced ingredients. Palate Party was the first female-owned food truck in South Florida with a stage on top for live entertainment. In 2013 Miami New Times voted Palate Party as the Best Food Truck in Miami and in 2014 Almodovar served as judge for Food Network's Food Truck Face Off. Welcome to the Virgin Islands, Chef Robyn!
Negust Kaza
Chef Negust is a celebrated award winning former member of the Virgin Islands Olympic Culinary Team, who has spent over a decade learning from and working with gold standard chefs like Todd Grey and Govind Armstrong. With a heritage that spans from Portugal, to Trinidad, to Brooklyn, and finally to St. Croix for the last 15 years, Chef Negust Kaza is quite at home creating dishes with flavors of the island while targeting the key ingredients that will provide the daily nutrients for a complete healthy body. Chef Negust’s passion for food anthropology has developed into his most recent project Kaza House, where he explores his creative side through a myriad of unique projects that allow him to not only bring exquisite original recipes to the public, but also educate and promote Health and Wellness to families across the island.