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DOUGLAS RODRIGUEZ is regarded as the creator of Nuevo Latino cuisine. Throughout his extensive professional career as a chef, he has received numerous accolades for his remarkably original cuisine. He won the Chefs of America Award (1991), Culinary Master of North America and New York awards (1994), the James Beard Foundation Rising Chef award (1996), and received a nomination for the James Beard Foundation Best Chef: New York award (1999). In 2009, he was nominated for the James Beard Foundation Best Chef: South award for his restaurant OLA and starred in the first season of Top Chef Masters on Bravo TV. Rodriguez also owns the restaurants D. Rodriguez (Miami), Alma de Cuba (Philadelphia), and Deseo (Scottsdale). He is the author of the groundbreaking cookbook Nuevo Latino, as well as Latin Ladles and Latin Flavors on the Grill. Rodriguez resides in Miami.
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