La Cubana Executive Chef & Owner, Carl Ruiz 



Carl Ruiz is an acclaimed chef, consultant, and magnetic media personality whose down-home persona never fails to entertain, educate, and uplift. Throughout his prolific 25+ years in the food & restaurant industry, he’s opened restaurants all over the globe, built a successful television and radio career, and headlined world-famous culinary events — and with his well-earned insights, become the “secret weapon” to success for many other star chefs along the way.

His frequent appearances on The Food Network — both as a competitive chef champion and celebrity judge — have cemented this Cuban chef sensation as a household name. Whether he is cooking up Cuban delicacies like Fufu or the classic Elena Ruz Sandwich, offering sage advice to up-and-coming chefs, or critiquing show contestants’ finer points of culinary execution, everyone is bound to walk away learning something new.

Carl also made a name for himself on Sirius XM Radio interviewing some of today’s most talented and insightful chefs, and dropping his own culinary knowledge with an equal dose of truth and comedy, whether he was debunking a food trend or sharing a recipe. Today, Carl can be heard regularly podcasting on Westwood One.

An Institute of Culinary Education graduate, Carl’s culinary career has also been featured by The New York Times, Cooking Channel, ESPN, FOX News and many other media outlets across the country. 

Paying tribute to his Cuban roots, Carl Ruiz’s latest restaurant venture, La Cubana, open June 2019 in NYC’s Meatpacking district, is a vibrant new dining destination where authentic Cuban cuisine, vintage cocktails, and live Latin music set the stage for a colorful, old-world Havana-inspired experience. In addition to serving dinner, La Cubana will also host a signature Cuban brunch each weekend.  

Whether he’s devising the largest outdoor no-open-flame grill, channeling his inner pit-master, or teaching the finer points of sous vide, fans can follow his cross-country #ruizing on Twitter at @carlruiz and on Instagram at @saborchef and @lacubananyc.