Meet the Chefs

Nester Espartero, Volcanic Sushi + Sake, 2017 Iron Chef Gainesville Winner


Describe your style of cooking:

Asian Fusion.

What are your favorite memories in the kitchen? 
My grandmother always made good food and I always helped her even though in my culture man is not usually allowed in the kitchen.

What are your strengths/secret weapons?

My knife is my first secret weapon, followed determination and ability to work quickly under pressure.




Steven Grimes, Crane Ramen, 2016 Iron Chef Gainesville Winner

JSP 9096   

Describe your style of cooking?

My cooking foundation is Asian-style cooking focusing on Japanese techniques.

What are your first memories of cooking/being in the Kitchen? 

I remember making ice cream with my grandma as a kid and making banana bread for my teachers. 

What are your strengths/secret weapons in the kitchen?

Relentless work ethic & problem-solving!




Robert Miles Burnett, Eat the 80


Describe your style of cooking:
My foundation of cooking is influenced by a variety of regions being respectful of culture. It is reminiscent of New American with an emphasis on French technique.

What are your favorite memories in the kitchen?
Of the many influential, memorable moments I have had in the kitchen in my adolescence, there are two scenarios that stand out in my mind: preparing homemade jam with my mother and frying fish with my grandmother.

What are your strengths/secret weapons?
My strengths include my creativity within dishes, resourcefulness amongst non-traditional ingredients, ability to stay calm under pressure, and strong leadership to my hardworking kitchen team.