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Enrique Limardo

Chef Enrique Limardo’s culinary inspirations are, of course, from the beaches of his native country’s Margarita Island and the street foods of Caracas. But his cooking is global.  

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Chef Enrique Limardo has lived, worked and thrived around the world — the coconuts of Barbados, the za’atar of Doha and Dubai and the curries of Hong Kong and Bangkok have all inspired his cooking. Attracted to Washington by the metro area’s bubbling food scene and endless diversity, he co-founded Immigrant Food as an homage to America’s immigrant diversity. He is also the chef and co-owner of Seven Reasons, the highly acclaimed restaurant that celebrates the flavors and culinary traditions of Latin America. Seven Reasons was recently named America’s “Best New Restaurant” by Esquire, and Washington D.C.’s #1 restaurant by Washington Post. Enrique is also the culinary director of Chicken+Whiskey, the hip South American chicken joint and neighborhood whiskey bar on D.C.’s 14th Street. Prior to arriving in Washington, Enrique was, from 2014 to 2019, Executive Chef at Alma Cocina Latina, in Baltimore, Maryland. Alma’s inventive fare earned local and international accolades. In 2016, Enrique was named the best chef in Baltimore by Baltimore Magazine.

Columbia Road bowl.
"Ambitious chef ... is dazzling diners"
- Washington Post

Chef Enrique Limardo’s creative energy has reimagined the food of America’s migrations into an innovative, healthy menu. Chef Enrique’s fusion bowls are fun, nutritious quality cooking and include vegetarian and vegan options. Immigrant Food’s fresh, creative dishes reflect how we see America at its core: diverse, nourishing, and welcoming.

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