Chef Bruce Ucan of Mayan Cafe - Biography

Louisville, KY

January 2014

Growing up in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, Chef Bruce Ucán was exposed early on to the flavors and techniques of his family’s Mayan cooking. He came to the US in 1987 where he cooked in several local restaurants in Louisville, Kentucky. Ucán always dreamed of owning his own business and creating his own food.  In 1996, he started a food truck business, The Gypsy Van that sold tacos, salbutes, and tamales at farmer’s markets, construction sites, and festivals. Just a year later, he opened a restaurant on East Market Street called The Mayan Gypsy, which he later eveolved into the Mayan Cafe, his current endeavor.  Here, he fuses traditional Mayan recipes and flavors with local, seasonal ingredients.