Chef Lorena Garcia is the kind of woman we need to see more of in the culinary industry. Not only is she talented, Garcia manages to do it all with an air of ease and pleasantness we all wish we could imitate. The energy she exuded on Top Chef was proof of that.Born and raised in Venezuela, Garcia completed a law degree in Caracas before moving to the United States to complete her associates degree in paralegal studies. The law bug didn’t last long, and shortly after completing her degree, she went on to study culinary arts at the esteemed Johnson & Wales University in Miami.
This Latin American chef is now considered one of the top in the restaurant industry of the United States, one of the most competitive of the world
Chef Lorena Garcia creates Latin fare like this Classic Ceviche with seasonal white fish, Peruvian corn, confit sweet potato, red onions and cilantro in leche de tigre. courtesy of Chica
“You have to be good to be in Las Vegas,” says chef Lorena Garcia. “There is no settling for mediocrity and being good enough is not good enough anymore. You have to be excellent, because the competition is tough.”
When Garcia opened Chica at Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star The Venetian in May, she joined an elite group of female celebrity chefs who have restaurants on the Las Vegas Strip. Joining the court of Giada De Laurentiis, Mary Sue Milliken, Susan Feniger and Christina Tosi, Garcia captivates palates both experienced and new with dishes showcasing the flavors of Latin America.
With culinary influences from Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina, Venezuelan Chef Lorena Garcia's new restaurant, Chica, is the hot spot in town for any Latin foodie in need of dinner and drinks, or just a fun brunch spot for your very own favorite chicas. Order the crab and shrimp salpicon, asado negro arepas, and every single ceviche possible.
awaken taste buds with bold Latin fare from celebrity chef Lorena Garcia at the John Kunkel concept Chica Las Vegas.
This year there is no need to invest countless hours in planning and prepping, start a new tradition and make a reservation at Chica. New to Las Vegas strip, Chica’s diverse menu draws inspiration from classic renditions of Latin American cuisine with influences from Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, Mexico and Argentina. Helmed by chef Lorena Garcia, the pre-fixed holiday menu offers innovative dishes, vibrant décor and a curated wine list.Start off with the Sweet Plantain Soup, with the option to add the foie gras supplement. For the entrée, Chica is serving up Turkey Enchiladas, slow cooked and simmered in pumpkin mole and topped with melted string cheese, jalapeño and pomegranate pico.
New to the Las Vegas Strip, Chica is offering classic Latin American cuisine with a holiday twist. Highlights include Sweet Plantain Soup, Turkey Enchiladas (with pumpkin mole, topped with string cheese, jalapeno, and pomegranate pico) and Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake.
When it comes to culinary hype and fanfare, our Strip tends to hog all the attention, but the tourist corridor was relatively quiet when it came to new openings in 2017. The real excitement was in the neighborhoods off the Strip -- where most people actually live and chefs have a greater opportunity to call their own shots and take a few more chances. Make no mistake, the era of the celebrity chef is still very much alive, with Gordon Ramsay and Giada de Laurentiis planning new Vegas concepts in 2018, but as the population grows and appetites evolve, the locals are gravitating to restaurants that aren't attached to a hotel or a paid parking garage. More than ever, quality can be found anywhere in Las Vegas, which is the real story of the year when it comes to food.