Rising Star Chef Ruben Garcia of minibar by José Andrés - Biography

Washington, D.C.

September 2017

Every superhero has a sidekick. José Andrés’ might just be Rubén García. While he’s certainly super innovative, García is also grounded in the traditional, honoring the Catalan cuisine of his native Terrassa, Spain.

At the age of 15, García resolved to make the kitchen his domain. After graduating from Spanish culinary school Joviat, García staged and worked at many local Michelin-starred restaurants, including Jean Luc Figueras and Martín Berasategui. He then met Albert and Ferran Adrià and spent five years at ElBulli, exposing him to out-of-the-box thinking and quality ingredients—a large part of his current gastronomic psyche. But García loved to travel, so when he met ElBulli alum Andrés, he seized the opportunity and also immigrated to the United States.

Since joining Andrés’ prolific ThinkFoodGroup in 2004, García’s worked his way up to creative director (previously serving as research and development director). As Andrés’s right hand, García artfully crafts concepts and menus, oversees quality control, works special events and programming, and provides leadership to the portfolio of award-winning kitchens. García was named a 2010 StarChefs Rising Star for his finessed yet playful dishes at two Michelin-star minibar by José Andrés in Washington, D.C. When not in the kitchen, the father of two vows to and volunteers in multiple efforts to instill healthy eating habits in both his children and among those around the nation.