Chef Nicolas Cabrera was born and raised in Argentina where his admiration and love for food blossomed at an early age. The minute you meet him, you can sense that his South American upbringing continue to influence his work. In Argentina, the most traditional food is the Asado, or South American BBQ grilled on the ground gaucho-style (or cowboy). Nicolas has been able to capture this simple but extraordinary food tradition, and bring it to many sophisticated restaurants here in the US.
His story seems like a dream: After working in several prestigious hotels in his native Buenos Aires, he decided to venture out to Miami. At his first job in Miami Beach’s The Strand (closed), his skills were quickly discovered and that got him placed on the kitchen line. He was then offered to be part of the opening team at AZUL, a now award-winning fine dining restaurant in Miami.
Nicolas has since been part of numerous restaurant and hotel openings including Mandarin Oriental Miami, Conrad Miami, Evolution (closed), Meat Market, and ZUMA, an internationally acclaimed style of modern Japanese cuisine.
Throughout his career, Nicolas considers the biggest names in the hospitality industry as his mentors including Michelle Bernstein (a Miami native of Jewish and Argentine descent), Jordi Valles (a star Chef from Barcelona), Sean Brasel (born and raised in Colorado, trained in Napa Valley CA and a Miami local since the late 90s) and New York star Chef David Bouley. He was introduced to complex and well-executed cooking techniques from Asia, Europe, and North America.
Nicolas finally settled on a new adventure as the Executive Chef of the prestigious Baires Grill Steak House. This move brought him back to his roots and memories of traditional Argentine cooking.
Chef Nicolas Cabrera brings Argentine cuisine to new heights with simple and tasty food with a hint of sophistication and refinement. Miami is now experiencing an incredible influx of new chefs bringing fresh offerings to new restaurants. They’re slowly but surely transforming South Florida into a new culinary destination. Nicolas has a lot to do with this. He realized that by going back to basics and sharing his own culture and passion, he would be true to himself and therefore offer his best. Food can take us on an amazing journey around the world, and thanks to Nicolas we can now experience the best of South America.