Flavors of Passion Award Ceremony – Thursday Night!!!

20 07 2010

Restaurateur Chef Felipe Gaytan had a dream to recognize and award the finest Latino chefs in the country.  Felipe has accomplished his dream by creating the Flavors of Passion Awards.

Last year marked Felipe’s dream coming true, but 2010 is being labeled as even bigger and better.  The 2010 Flavors of Passion Awards will be handed out this Thursday, July 22nd from 6-9pm.  5 awards for 5 stellar Latino chefs /entrepreneurs will each receive a Certificate of Recognition, designer chef’s jacket and a coveted gold medallion.  The award ceremony will be held at The Westin Park Central Hotel from 6-9 p.m.

Here are the award winners:

Local DFW Award

Mario Reyes
Chef Mario Reyes
Corporate Executive Chef
Nestle Professional
Dallas, Texas

State Award

Mario Reyes

Chef Luis Rene Fernandez
Azuca Nuevo Latino Restaurant and Bar
San Antonio, Texas

National Award

Aarón Sánchez

Chef Aarón Sánchez
Owner/Executive Chef,
Centrico & Paladar
Food Network Star & Cookbook Author
New York City, NY

Lifetime Achievement Award

Mario Reyes

Chef Douglas Rodriguez
Executive Chef/Owner,
Yuca, Patria, Chicama, Pipa
Cookbook Author
Miami, FL

Entrepreneur Award

Gloria Rubio

Gloria Rubio
Gloria’s Restaurants
Dallas, Texas

You can find each award winner’s bio on the website.

Once again the particulars needed to attend:


The 2010 Flavors of Passion Awards™ Gala will be held on Thursday, July 22nd, 2010,
from 6:00pm – 9:00pm.


The Westin Park Central Hotel
12720 Merit Drive
Dallas, TX 75251 (635 & Coit)


Tickets may be purchased on line through the link below (all credit cards accepted)

$60 per person
$100 VIP-admission includes VIP seating, entry to after party.
VIP Tables of 10 are sold for $950

Come help support this wonderful dream of Felipe’s and experience the wonderful talents of these fine chefs and bold entrepreneurs.  Here is a little about the man behind this wonderful evening – in his own right an icon in the Latino and Culinary worlds.

Second generation restaurateur Chef Felipe Gaytan has had a hand in the dining business for more than 19 years. His culinary career began at the ripe age of 15 when he joined the kitchen staff at his mother’s restaurant in Mexico. It was in this kitchen he discovered a knack for blending flavors, and developed a love for cooking.

As a young man he became a banquet cook for Sheraton Hotel, a position that proved to be a doorway into a fruitful culinary career. In the years that followed he acquired his own signature style while serving under the direction of renowned chefs, such as Chef Phillip Rice at the Hilton Palacio del Rio in San Antonio, Texas–and later Chef Dean Fearing at The Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas, Texas. In 1999 his culinary expertise led him to Via Real, a popular restaurant in the bustling heart of the Las Colinas business district of Irving, Texas. Since taking on the challenge, Chef Felipe Gaytan’s culinary masterpieces have won over hundreds of loyal customers, as well as some of the most respected food critics in the state.

Thanks Felipe, Can’t wait to enjoy a wonderful evening!




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