Photo Credit: Will Blunt, StarChefs.com By: CARLOS A. CORIANO Leading Puerto Rico newspaper, GASTRONÓMICO / El VOCERO and editor in chief of food blog dePALADAR, Yaira Solís Escudero, revealed today Puerto Rico’s new generation of chefs. We are proud to announce that Raúl Correa, executive chef of Zest at the San Juan Water Beach Club Hotel, was selected in Puerto Rico’s 2014 “Top 10 Best New Chefs”. The “Top 10 Best New Chefs” prestigious accolade recognizes local chefs for their exceptional talent and passionate work in strengthening Puerto Rico’s long-standing reputation as the Gastronomic Capital of the Caribbean. A rigorous evaluation process was conducted by an elite committee of chefs who earned this prestigious recognition in 1997, namely – Xavier Pacheco of La Jaquita Baya; Juan Peña de Fern; Jiovanni Orrias de Monalisa; Pedro Torres de En Boga; Humberto Guardiola of the Catholic University of Mayagüez; Ariel Rodríguez of Augusto’s Cuisine in Miramar; Juan Camacho of Papillon, and Enrique Piñeiro of Mesa 364 – and Yaira Solís Escudero and Augusto Schreiner. Puerto Rico’s 2014 “Top 10 Best New Chefs” Jannette Berríos Villanueva, executive chef of the Sheraton Hotel in Miramar José Javier Malavé Cruz, cuisine chef of La Bodeguita de Manolo Martín Louzao Romero, cuisine chef and owner of Cocina Abierta y Nonna in Condado Christian Quiñones Vargas, corporate chef of Empresas Santana and Salt Gastrobar in the Howard Johnson Hotel, Isla Verde Ángel David Moreno Zayas, cuisine chef of Casa de Campo Palo Alto in Cayey and Asador San Miguel in Naranjito Carlos Portela Castro, cuisine chef and owner of Orujo Taller Gastronómico, in Caguas Francisco Maldonado Bravo, cuisine chef of Vittorino Trattoria in Santurce Ventura Vivoni Rivera, cuisine chef of Vida Ventura of Hacienda Luz de Luna in Adjuntas Javier Nassar Veglio, cusine chef of Tras Patio Bistro Puertorriqueño in Hato Rey and Nabo Restaurant in Guaynabo Raúl Correa, executive chef of Zest in the San Juan Water Beach Club Hotel, Isla Verde Source: EL VOCERO. Una nueva cepa de chefs jóvenes by Yaira Solís Escudero, editor in chief of dePALADAR. Source: EL VOCERO. Una nueva cepa de chefs jóvenes by Yaira Solís Escudero, editor in chief of dePALADAR. Source: EL VOCERO. Una nueva cepa de chefs jóvenes by Yaira Solís Escudero, editor in chief of dePALADAR.