Brasa Latina is a casual dining founded by Chef Jose Vicente with the aim of realizing your culinary fantasies.
Located in Lakeland FL the concept offers a Creative Caribbean Fusion Cuisine in an open grill kitchen to deliver the guest a unique culinary experience. We want to bring this concept to deliver and satisfy the diverse clientele, a taste of our culinary creations, excellent service and a family ambient. Come and join us for today.
Chef José Vicente started his culinary career as a line cook at El Molino Italiano Restaurant in Condado, Puerto Rico, in 1989. Over the course of the next two decades, his career has taken from 1st cook at Westin Rio Mar Hotel, El San Juan Hotel & Casino and El Conquistador Resort & Casino, to Executive Chef at Soleil Beach Club, La Tasca del Callejón in Old San Juan P.R., El Mofongo Bar and Grill and Executive Chef at Uvva Restaurant Hosteria Del Mar in Ocean Park, Private Chef in Catering Business and a Culinary Professor at Universidad Del Este in Carolina P.R. for 6 years.
Chef José’s greatest inspiration for cooking is mixing the culinary roots of Puerto Rico with Global cuisine. After many years of experience, he decided to pursue formal culinary training at the Culinary School of Universidad del Este. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Culinary Management with a minor in Food & Beverage Administration.
Today he is the co-owner & chef of Brasa Latina Restaurant in Lakeland FL. He thrives on teaching and learning new culinary techniques and constantly challenges himself with his restaurant menus and also has participated in culinary competitions such as Culinary Team of Puerto Rico try-outs, Al Gusto by Sams Club,Master Chef Puerto Rico,BBQ Cattlements Competition, PRHTA Convention, Jack Daniels BBQ and coach of the Culinary Team 2011-2013 of Universidad Del Este. He is an active member of the American Culinary Federation.