Juliana Gonzalez obtained her Bachelor’s in Business Administration and Marketing at the Interamerican University in San German, Puerto Rico, but gastronomy had long been her foremost interest. Childhood memories in the kitchen with her mother inspired her to make the leap to culinary school. Whereas the saying goes, that “food is the key to the soul” this successful female chef took her first love into her own hands by further pursuing an Associate Degree in Culinary Arts at Johnson and Wales University in Miami Florida. Gonzalez interned at La Broche Sergi Arola (2 Michelin Stars) in Madrid, Spain, joining in 2002 its Florida location. As Chef de Partie and Pastry Assistant, she learned the fundamentals of operating a Michelin star-level kitchen including maintaining the utmost quality of the food, training positions and organizing stations. In 2004, Gonzalez was named Chef de Cuisine of Mosaico Restaurant, a culinary innovator in the Miami scene at the time. With two solid ventures at La Broche and Mosaico behind her, Gonzalez decided to tackle the ever-changing South Beach dining scene by joining established, Marquee Restaurants.
In Summer 2006, Gonzalez became Chef de Partie of the The Restaurant at The Setai. Specializing in Asian-Trans-Ethnic Cuisine, the position exposed her to a variety of foods and preparation methods from Thailand, Japan, China and India. However, soon after joining The Restaurant, she learned that the acclaimed Chef David Bouley was coming to Miami. Like anyone passionate about their craft, she seized the opportunity to work by his side. Hired as Sous Chef, the opening of David Bouley’s Evolution provided Gonzalez with a chance to also adopt excellent French and Japanese techniques. Her understanding of fusion-cooking took shape at Evolution and was ultimately realized at Nobu, The Shore Club’s popular Japanese and Peruvian eatery.
In 2008, Juliana Gonzalez brings her worldly, culinary sensibilities to Sushisamba Dromo. Named Chef de Cuisine of the Lincoln Road outpost and boasting significant experience in the industry. Her devotion, talent and drive have enabled her to work at several of the best and most prestigious locations in Miami. Juliana now holds the postion of Executive Chef of Barceloneta Restaurants Miami.