Bringing some heat to the kitchen, look for Miami’s Reuben Ruiz on the new season of The Next Food Network Star.
Reuben, 27, grew up in a traditional Cuban family that owns restaurants and started working in kitchens when he was just 10 years old. Miami is the primary influence behind Reuben’s culinary POV (“point-of-view” for you non-Food Network Star fans). He aims to share the delicious tropical cuisine of the Caribbean and Central America with the rest of America.
“I don’t want to be pegged as the Cuban guy. I just don’t want to be put in that corner and just cook Cuban cuisine. … I’m from Miami, and those favors are so renowned. We have so many different flavors there, and I want to bring that to the limelight. So if I’m able to do so and able to change their perspective, that’ll be beautiful.”
Reuben’s story is also an inspirational one. After struggling with his weight for many years, he now specializes in healthy dishes with a Latin influence, and he’s honest, outspoken and high energy with a strong work ethic.
We look forward to cheering on Reuben this season! You can follow along on the Food Network at 9pm EST on Sundays.