Chef Amadeus, is a culinary instructor The University of Florida Professional and workforce Development, Winner of the Food Networks Extreme Chef “Mexican Showdown, Partner with Mirror Image Leadership, Board Member Advisory Council Ronald McDonald House Gainesville, Florida., Founding Member of American Culinary Federation Mid Florida East Coast Chapter, Past President of American Culinary Federation First Coast Chapter, recurring Guest Chef on The Low Down with James Yon, creator of Southern Passion Spices, a salt-free line of spices. Chef was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. He grew up cooking with his grandmother who was from Puerto Rico and mother from Philadelphia. It was at the apron strings of his grandmother and mother that his love for cooking was ignited.
Chef Amadeus’ love of different cuisines and travel grew into a passion for cooking when he joined the US Navy in 1986. During his stint in the Navy, Chef Amadeus traveled to several cities in the US and abroad therefore exposing him to the various cuisines he honors in his dishes today. He has devoted over 25-years developing his culinary skills in Europe the Caribbean, Pacific Northwest and has returned to Jacksonville sharing those amazing flavors.
He enjoys mentoring high school culinary students, and regularly contributes his time to non-profit organizations, sits on 2 culinary advisory boards in Jacksonville and St. Augustine Florida. Chef Amadeus is quickly becoming one the country’s favorite chefs to have in their home, stage, TV and restaurant.More Details