Jorge Montes is the executive chef and co-founder of Roho Kitchen in Davie, Florida. He is responsible for production and execution of catering events. His day starts early—around 7:30 am—when he works with his crew to prep for the day ahead. “I am blessed with the opportunity to meet people in my career. I enjoy creating dishes and the ability to put my edible signature on the lives of many,” he says.
Jorge adds that a career in the culinary industry takes passion and dedication. “Passion is a necessary fuel that will help you to excel. Work hard, ask a lot of questions, and be open to both your teachers and peers.” He finds culinary inspiration in different cultures and cuisines—and is proud to have graduated at the top of his culinary class. “I competed with the culinary team. During my tenure with the team as captain, we won back-to-back state championships along with multiple gold medals. Being a part of the competition team gave me that fiery edge and thrill of cooking.”
Jorge, who in 2002 earned an Associate of Science in Culinary Arts from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, says that his education provided the fundamentals of cooking techniques. “[My education also] motivated me to get involved with the community and understand the many hats one must wear as a chef and business owner.” He encourages current students to network with other chefs—and to keep a focus on learning throughout their careers.
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