Plaza Bistro Tavern

Plaza Bistro 'n' Tavern

Meet the Chefs

Sarasota has the most restaurants per capita for small cities. That means we have a lot of local, resourceful and creative chefs! #SavorSarasota is a great opportunity to credit the chefs who have brought so many great culinary experiences to the table on Florida’s Gulf Coast™.

Enjoy Savor Sarasota annually from June 1-14 where you can learn about the chefs preparing your multi-course meal as you taste your way through Sarasota County. 

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Blosmer Leon
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Blosmer Leon, owner and executive chef at Bohemios Wine and Beer Tapas Bar, was born and raised in Maracaibo, Venezuela. Leon's career started in Venezuela over 35 years ago with the completion of a...Learn More
Chef Matt Nabor
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Chef Matt Nabor of Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, hails from Ft. Myers, where he grew up spending time in his step-mother’s kitchen. This was the genesis of Chef Nabor’s love of cooking...Learn More
Robert Goggin
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Chef Robert graduated Johnson and Wales University in Providence Rhode Island. Spent time on Martha's Vineyard preparing fine American cuisine. Landing at the Alpine Steakhouse in 2016 as head Chef...Learn More
Chef Fernando Sanchez
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"Always work harder than the person next to you and life will take its course." Chef Fernando Sánchez was born in Puerto Rico and in early childhood moved to Sebring, Florida. Many people refer to...Learn More
Wes Duval
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Chef Wes Duval has been serving Sarasota exquisite dining experiences for nearly 30 years. His attention to detail from the range to the table is impeccable. Personally hand picking all of his...Learn More
Lan Bradeen - Chef Profile
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Born in Boston and raised in Sarasota, Chef Lan opened Melange in 2007 as an establishment designed for the exploration of food, art, and drink. Her accolades include "Best Casual Restaurant in...Learn More
Chef Craig MacAvoy
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Executive Chef Craig MacAvoy brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge from over 20 years of working in some of the most distinguished kitchens in the world. He graduated with a degree in...Learn More
Gabe Garcia
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Chef Gabe, a Sarasota native started at Miguel’s after receiving a bachelors degree in the culinary arts from Johnson & Wales. Gabe then trained in Boston, Massachusetts, and Malaga, Spain before...Learn More
Jamil Pineda
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Jamil Pineda, a native Nicaraguan, moved to the U.S. in 1985 to pursue a career in the culinary industry. His passion for cooking began at an early age by his grandmother, Esperanza, who was a well-...Learn More
Chef Stefano
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Chef Stefano Castaldo is a graduate of the Italian Culinary Institute near Venice. Over the years he has honed his culinary skills to bring true Italian fine dining to Florida. Stefano's traditional...Learn More

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