Fort Lauderdale, FL


Chef Velasco was offered the Sous Chef position at NORMAN’S at the Ritz-Carlton, working under the direction of award-winning chef, Norman Van Aken. Van Aken quickly became Velasco’s mentor. After returning to Central Florida, Velasco ran the kitchen at Barnie’s Coffee Kitchen before reconnecting with Van Aken to lead the award-winning chef’s second Central Florida restaurant, 1921 by Norman Van Aken.