||“Cooking is the best way in the world to live.
When you cook, you have to live in the ticking moment ... I find it really wonderfully freeing to not be thinking about anything other than what to do.”
Chef Roberto Treviño became fascinated with the kitchen as a young cook in the San Francisco Bay area.
The opening of the El Conquistador Resort brought him to Puerto Rico, where he fell in love with the flavors of the island. From his time at El Conquistador, Chef Treviño began to build ties with local chefs that would later help solidify his future culinary team. Chef Treviño has participated several times as a guest chef on Celebrity Cruises, at the Aspen Food & Wine Classic, Telluride Culinary Festival and the St Croix Food and Wine Festival. He has made numerous television appearances both in Puerto Rico and in the US, including Rachel Ray on her show - '$40 a day'.
In 2005, Chef Treviño was chosen to to do battle with Mario Batali on the prestigious Iron Chef America series on Food Network. Treviño and Batali went at it with live Catfish as the secret ingredient, which proved to challenge to them both. Although Chef Treviño eventually went down to Chef Batali in the challenge, he left enough of an impression on the Food Network that they would invite him back.
Magazine and newspaper articles abound as well, and Chef Treviño has been featured in Conde Nast Traveller, The New York Times, Bon Apetit and Gourmet.
El Chef returned to Iron Chef combat in 2009, this time in the form of The Next Iron Chef season 2. Once again Treviño went against some of the best chefs in America, in battles from Los Angles to New York.
Chef Treviño however, is most at home here in the San Juan kitchens where he continues to create and play with exciting tastes, and keep the guests in the restaurant guessing what heʼll come up with next! Budatai, is Chef Treviñoʼs signature a 5000 sq. foot restaurant in the newly revamped Condado area of Puerto Rico overlooking the “Ventana al Mar”. He has a new 75 seat restaurant Bar Gitano also in Condado opened in July 2010. In 2011 he open El Barril, a sister tasca to Bar Gitano located next door. Chef Treviño looks forward to continuing the development of new restaurants and food concepts throughout the world.