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October 25, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

$80 – $85

SOLD OUT – Fresh Plates Series: Hugo Valdez


October 25, 2023
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$80 – $85
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Atlanta Botanical Garden
1345 Piedmont Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30309 United States
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Enjoy a fun evening dining, sipping, and learning from Chef Hugo Valdez of Yakitori Kona in the Edible Garden Outdoor Kitchen.

Born to Mexican immigrants, Chef Hugo Valdez has been serving Atlanta and its surrounding areas for the past 14 years. An alumnus of the Culinary program of Chattahoochee Technical College in Marietta, his passion for food has grown throughout the years in various cuisines and techniques from classical French, American, Mexican and Asian cuisines.

Ultimately, He fell in love with Japanese food. Adaptability, evolution and respect towards food is something instilled in him throughout his career. These fundamentals aided him in excelling throughout numerous restaurants and hotels such as The Renaissance Waverly Hotel and Convention Center, Craft Izakaya inside the Krog Street Market, MF sushi, New Realm Brewing; later becoming one of the Culinary Directors for Kinjo enterprises assisting in opening several of their food stalls inside the now Chattahoochee Food Works. Later on opening other concepts within the restaurant group such as Kinjo room, Kinjo Next Door and Yakitori Kona.

Participating in various events across the city such as Taste of Atlanta, Open Hand Atlanta’s Party in the kitchen and numerous beltline bar crawls as the Chef at Char and Sous Chef at New Realm Brewing; while bringing home trophies for most unique flavors. When the unforeseen pandemic struck the restaurant industry, Hugo started the curbside pop-up module by the name of Viva La Masa serving traditional and modern Mexican food with techniques learned from prior cuisines, in order to keep Atlanta fed and to help those who were affected with the loss of work or income through donations from all over the country. This landed him interviews with online magazines such as Voyage ATL and podcasts like The 6-foot Cook Radio. An outgoing leader, passionate, and focused is what his peers will describe him as well as his absolute love for food that can be found in each of his dishes.

Schedule: Wednesday, October 25, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Fee: $85 ($80 Members)
Deadline: One week before session

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