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The Team

Chef Juan Pablo De La Sota Riva brings an accomplished background to The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte, having served not only as Chef de Cuisine for The Ritz-Carlton, Naples but also as its Banquet Chef, overseeing one of the largest luxury food and beverage operations in the Southeast.  He has also provided his award-winning talents to The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun, where he was Chef de Cuisine from 2010 to 2012.

Known for special expertise in capturing the distinctive flavors of Mexico, Chef De La Sota Riva also has an extensive background in sous vide and molecular cuisine, pastry and chocolate, international preparations from throughout the Americas and Europe, and the use of fresh harvests, bold flavors and artistic presentations throughout dining menus.

Chef De La Sota Riva studied at the Mexican Culinary Center/Ambrosia and began his career in Madrid, Spain at La Broche -- a two Michelin Stars restaurant. He also served as a chef for Royal Caribbean International and for Le Cirque in Mexico City. He and his family are avid soccer fans.