Chef Arturo Fernandez
Chef Arturo Fernández was born in Mexico and graduated with a Culinary Arts degree from the Ambrosía Culinary Center. His passion and dedication to gastronomy helped develop his specialty in different parts of the world. He traveled to Torino, Italy, where he studied at the Italian Culinary Institute for Foreigners and specialized in that country’s gastronomy. His curiosity took him even further, and he later studied confectionery at the May Hoffman Institute in Barcelona, Spain.
He advanced his career in several high-profile European restaurants around the world like “Mugaritz” in San Sebastián, Spain, with Chef Adoni Luis Aduriz. Fernández is also the first Mexican Chef to have collaborated with Chef Ferrán Adriá at his internationally-acclaimed restaurant, “El Bullí,” in Girona, Spain.
In 2004 he received the “Medalla de Oro al joven Chef Mexicano” (Young Mexican Chef Gold Medal). His career has also been dedicated to education for over 10 years. He taught Magistrate classes for 5 consecutive years at the International Congress of Gastronomy in Córdoba, Argentina. He was a speaker on Molecular Cuisine at the Americas Forum and at the Conference of Vanguard and Molecular Cuisine in Guatemala City, El Salvador, Santiago de Chile, Perú, and Argentina.
He has participated in events as a judge in professional cooking competitions such as: El Joven Chef, La Copa de Pastelería, and Cocinero del Año. During his career, he has shared the stage with celebrities like: Alex Atala, Paco Torreblanca, Luis Adoni, Gerar Du Pont and Willie Dufresnte, among others.
He was the Creative Chef of Grupo Ambrosía del Bosque in Mexico for 8 years. In 2016, he was appointed Ambassador of Mexican Cuisine by the Mexican Secretary of Foreign Relations. During that time, he travelled to Mexican Embassies all over the world and personally served high-profile personalities, diplomats, and politicians such as the Prime Ministers of Israel and Switzerland, former New York City Mayor Robert Guliani, former Mexican President Vicente Fox, and their Majesties the King and Queen of Spain, during one of their visits to Mexico.
He was also Corporate Chef for Grupo Coronado, co-owner of “Restaurante Raíz,” and Committee Director for the International Congress of Gastronomy Fusion Mexico. He worked as Menu Design Advisor for the Careyes y Tamarindos en el Pacífico Mexicano Hotel Group. His experience later took him to become part of the television world in elgoumet.com where he hosted his own show “Si Camina, Corre o Vuela.”
Once during a Mexico-Netherlands State Dinner, Chef Fernández was given the recognition of being the importer of “avant-garde” cuisine to Latin America. He has now decided to import his talents to San Antonio, Texas, where he recently relocated with his family. He was Executive Chef at Fresh Horizons Catering, where he took home the first prize in Chef Johnny Hernandez 2017 Paella Challenge for Modern Classical Paella. In 2018, he became co-owner of Spoon Eatery, in Castle Hills. His newest project, Evolution Restaurant, will bring Mexican Fine Dining to the heart of Olmos Park.