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Miami, FL


Chef Valerie Chang grew up in Peru and moved to the United States when she was ten, where she spent her childhood watching her dad cook at a sushi restaurant. After a few kitchen stints of her own — including at Michael Solomonov’s Miami location of Dizengoff, where she was able to incorporate some Peruvian touches to the mostly Israeli menu — she’s now the chef at family restaurant ITAMAE inside St. Roch Market Miami where she cooks a Nikkei-inspired menu of Japanese-Peruvian dishes.