Love at First Bite (Chef Javier Chavez)

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Chef Javier Chavez is the owner and operator of Kitchen Table, a social eatery in the Las Vegas Valley. Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, he studied at the Culinary Institute of America in San Antonio, before graduating from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris with The Grand Diplôme, widely revered as the epitome of culinary training.

In this episode, Hector chats with Chef Javier about how the restauranteur dealt with the pandemic and the shutdown, what kind of foods were his favorite as a boy growing up on the Texas-Mexico border, how he became the superb chef he is today, and his philosophy behind cooking and eating.

Follow Kitchen Table on Instagram at @kitchentable_lv!

Hector is the editor of MANO. He's also the host of Latinish and Hits from the Brain. A Chicagoan living in Las Vegas, he's a former deputy editor of Latino Rebels, as well as a former managing editor of Gozamos, an art-activism site based in his home town. He has contributed to RedEye, a Tribune-owned daily geared toward millennials. His work has been mentioned by The New Yorker, TIME and other outlets, and his writing was featured in Ricanstruction, a comic book anthology whose proceeds went toward recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. Hector studied history (for some reason) at the University of Illinois-Chicago, where his focus was on ethnic relations in the United States.

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