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Arturo Leonar

Biography

Chef Arturo Leonar was born and raised in Mexico City. He moved to New York as a young man and began working in restaurants – learning the ropes from the ground up. His natural sensibility for food and cooking, something he’d always loved to do, propelled him quickly forward.
His own path toward chef began when he started working for Miles Angelo at Arizona 206, which at the time was the leading Southwestern eatery in New York City. Eventually he went to work for David Walzog (of Tapika) – helping him open Strip House... READ MORE

Chef Arturo Leonar was born and raised in Mexico City. He moved to New York as a young man and began working in restaurants – learning the ropes from the ground up. His natural sensibility for food and cooking, something he’d always loved to do, propelled him quickly forward.
His own path toward chef began when he started working for Miles Angelo at Arizona 206, which at the time was the leading Southwestern eatery in New York City. Eventually he went to work for David Walzog (of Tapika) – helping him open Strip House Restaurant in Livingston, New Jersey. Leonar went on to work with many well-known chefs, including Alex Garcia at Calle Ocho and James Botsacos at Park Avalon.
When he made the decision to open his own restaurant it was a natural return to his own heritage to cook traditional Mexican cuisine – the flavors of his childhood. He revisited Mexico and reconnected with the way of cooking that he remembered growing up. In 2007 Arturo opened the first incarnation of Chavela’s in Crown Heights, to immediate response from local diners thrilled to find authentic Mexican flavors – and a charming welcome – in the heart of their developing neighborhood.

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