Ricardo Cardona

Ricardo Cardona

Renowned Chef

Chef Ricardo Cardona is a self-trained chef with over twenty years’ experience in American, French and Latin cuisines.

He began his career working in the some of the nation’s leading restaurants. His hands-on, classical training is evident in his work that portrays a fusion of the range of culinary styles.

Cardona has been the Executive Chef at several New York metropolitan restaurants: Mamajuana Café, Hudson River Cafe and Chef at Lua, Josephina, Time Cafe and Disney Land. He is currently the Executive Chef at Sofrito, Sazon and Chef Consultant at the newly opened Z BAR Restaurant & Sky-Lounge in Hell’s Kitchen.

In addition, as a lover of baseball, he is proud to be the head chef for the New York Yankees and visiting teams.

Alejandra Gastelum

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Shoe Designer

Alejandra Gastelum, being a true shoe aficionado, was inspired to begin sketching her own designs.

True to her entrepreneurial nature, she began pursuing her connections in the fashion world to obtain interest for her sketches, which led to a meeting with Joe Ouaknine, a well-respected shoe industry magnate and owner of Titan Industries.

Mr. Ouaknine thought Alejandra’s designs were bold, beautiful and ambitious. He was so impressed with Alejandra’s talent and enthusiasm for shoe design that he decided to take her under his wing and mentor her, which would eventually lead to Alejandra becoming one of the most sought after shoe designers.