Pastry Chef Andrea Dopico of Moments at the Mandarin Oriental - Biography

Barcelona, Spain

September 2016

Venezuelan Andrea Dopico left home and the Southern hemisphere to study pastry at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts in Vancouver, British Columbia, where she graduated with honors. As part of her training, Dopico undertook stages back home in Caracas at Alto, which is ranked number 29 on San Pellegrino’s list of “50 Best Restaurants” in Latin America. Alto Chef Carlo Garcia mentored Dopico, instilling in her a love for the heat and the pace of the kitchen. 

Dopico next took that passion to Barcelona, Spain, to lead the pastry program at Michelin-starred Moments at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Working alongside Chef Carme Ruscalleda, Dopico is developing a style that reflects her broad travel and Latin roots. With a natural instinct for flavors and color combinations, Dopico is happiest when she’s working on new dishes for the restaurant’s tasting menu. She’ll, no doubt, put those skills to the test as she represents Spain (and Venezuela) in the Valrhona C3 international finale.