Pursuing a lifelong interest in the culinary arts, Ariel Rodríguez started his career under the mentorship of Chef Augusto Schreiner, while finishing his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Puerto Rico. Thereafter, he completed his formal culinary studies from the Culinary Institute of America in New York.
He returned to the Island to become Chef Augusto’s Sous Chef and acquired Augusto’s Restaurant at the young age of 28 years. The media and the public set out great expectations for this young chef, as the restaurant is considered one of the finest in the Island. He exceeded these expectations through his hard work, creativity and dedication. Furthermore, he has gained numerous awards at both the local and international level.
Rodríguez’s commitment to the advancement of Puerto Rican and Caribbean cuisines has led him to join diverse international culinary organizations, including the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. Currently, he is the Sergeant of Arms of the Puerto Rico Chapter of the American Culinary Federation and the Chair of the Restaurant Committee of the Puerto Rico Hotel and Tourism Association. In addition, he was captain of the Puerto Rico Culinary Team in 2003 and served as the team’s coach from 2004 to 2007, leading the respective teams to win three gold medals and one silver medal in the Taste of the Caribbean competitions. In 2009 he won first place in the Master Chef competition in Puerto Rico. Today, Ariel continues his dream as a chef and hopes to place Puerto Rico among the highest culinary destinations in the world.