Millennium Park | Chicago
Andrés A. Barrera
Chef Barrera was first inspired to cook watching the early greats on television; Jeff Smith, Martin Yan, Julia Child, Jack Tripper and the Swedish Chef. At the age of 10 he turned to the matriarchs in his family; his mother, his grandmothers and his aunts for his first culinary lessons. These women taught him the comforting properties of a meal. They showed him food should feed the mind and soul as well as satiate the appetite. These early influences led him to Le Cordon Bleu to study classical French and Italian cuisine.