Marco Antonio Lepe
: Originally from Puerto Vallarta, chef Lepe started building his culinary career from the ground up when he joined The Blue Shrimp 11 years ago. Since then, he has endeavored to maintain the restaurant’s commitment to quality.
: Soft-spoken and unassuming, restaurateur Eva Sánchez enjoys sitting at a round table near the bar at her popular restaurant, The River Cafe, which she founded in the '80s.
: Daughter of renowned artisans Epifanio Fuentes and Laurencia Santiago, Julia Fuentes began painting at her parent’s workshop in 1989 when she was only 13 years old and she fell in love with the arts.
: Originally from Xalapa, Veracruz, Adriana Quinto has always been a dancer. “I remember seeing a performance by Solange Lebourges (principal dancer of Mexico’s Ballet Teatro del Espacio dance company, now defunct) as a child. I was mesmerized.”
: With decades of national and international competitions and accolades under her belt, Belin moved here from Guadalajara over three years ago to open a swimming school, certain she would have a favorable reception.
Juan Carlos Palomera
: Originally from Talpa de Allende, chef Juan Carlos Palomera began working "from the ground up" at Kaiser Maximilian 18 years ago. "Kaiser has been the best culinary school I could have envisioned".
: When Carballo traveled to Spain in 1987 to learn both the language and the cuisine, he was instantly smitten with tapas, a local specialty. After working with two Spanish chefs in his native Chicago, he moved to Puerto Vallarta in 2000 to open his very successful restaurant.
Roberto Chávez Oviedo
: Internationally recognized in the Who's Who of Chefs in the United States, 33-year-old Chávez Oviedo found his calling while working at a hotel in Lima. After completing his studies, he accepted a position in Los Cabos, where he remained for the next five years.
: Originally from Uruguay, 29-year-old Castiglioni has cooked on all five continents, countries including nearby Guatemala to exotic destinations such as New Zealand, Vietnam and Marrakech. He’s been with Ginger Garden Lounge since its inception in August 2010.
: Nacho Cadena is a celebrity in Vallarta for his charismatic personality and active cultural and social life. He claims to follow the sun, and this is no flippant remark, but his inspired way of saying he lives the moment.
: Eduardo Lugo did his studies as a photographer in Mexico City at AGFA institute, Kodak Mexicana and at the university center of cinematography studies where he had Doña Lola Álvarez Bravo as a teacher. He began his career as a photographer in 1982.
: Her body of work includes thousands of paintings—so many, she’s lost track of the actual number—displayed in private homes and art galleries throughout Mexico, the United States and as far away as New Zealand and Thailand.