Chef Adrian Leon creates traditional international dishes infused with the dynamic, sophisticated flavors he mastered in New York City’s finest restaurants. Born in Mexico City, Adrian acquired his passion for food while learning traditional Mexican cooking from his mother. This passion led him to pursue a culinary career and ultimately to Douglas Rodriguez’s Patria, innovator of Nuevo Latino cuisine. Adrian worked closely with Rodriguez for ten years, creating dishes, planning menus, and playing an instrumental role in the creation and establishment of Rodriguez’s Chicama Restaurant.
In addition to Patria and Chicama, Adrian has served as Chef De Cuisine of Rosa Mexicano – Lincoln Center, Chef of Zocalo, Executive Chef of Zona Rosa and Chef of Barrio, among others. Each restaurant provided Adrian with a new and unique platform from which to perfect his skills and grow his excellent reputation in the culinary world.
Most recently, Adrian has expanded his culinary repertoire at Tudor Steakhouse and China Grill, which featured his creativity using Chinese and Japanese flavors. During the previous four years, Adrian showcased his authentic Mexican and Latino cuisine as Chef / Owner of Agua Fresca in East Harlem, which was named one of the 10 best restaurants by the New York Times. Adrian has also displayed his culinary talent on the Food Network series Beat Bobby Flay.