Position: Executive Chef
Phone: (941) 708-3837
Radames brings his passion for combining the freshest locally sourced produce and products available, back to his adopted hometown, Bradenton, FL. Radames was born in Connecticut, but moved to Bradenton, FL at a very young age. He spent summers in Puerto Rico with his grandparents, helping out on the farm, and eventually moving there for a couple of years. It was during his time there that he developed his love of cooking, while watching his grandmother make her creations in the kitchen.
Later, Radames took his love of cooking and hardcore sensibility to New York in order to study at the Culinary Institute of America. After departing CIA, he moved to the Hudson River Valley where he cooked at the Quail Hollow Restaurant and the historic Beekman Arms.
His travels next took him to Los Angeles where he worked for Norman Van Aken, described as "The Culinary Titan of Florida." Many credit Van Aken with the introducing the concept of "Fusion" to the culinary world.
Radames became an integral part of the creative team who opened Zengo, a new restaurant in Santa Monica, CA. Zengo’s menu featured Asian fusion and new Latin cuisine of Radames’ creation.
The next stop on Radames’ culinary Tour of Duty landed him alongside internationally renowned chef and restaurateur Ricard Sandoval. Radames spent the next five years as Head Chef for Sandoval at Cima, and then its sister restaurant, Maya, Beaver Creek, Colorado.
Chef Radames is now back in Bradenton. He enjoys fishing in his spare time, when he is not out searching for the perfect local produce and products for his amazing creations.