With over 30 Latin restaurants across the United States, Europe, Mexico and the Middle East, Richard Sandoval is a global pioneer in Contemporary Latin Cuisine. He is internationally acclaimed for his innovative combination of Latin ingredients and modern culinary techniques to create thrilling and sophisticated flavors. Chef Sandoval is praised for elevating Latin American dining in each market he has a presence, and nine of his restaurants have been voted best in their category. Sandoval is also credited for introducing Latin cuisine to Dubai, Qatar, and Serbia. For his work, Chef Sandoval has been awarded Mexico’s National Toque d’Oro 2003, Bon Appetit Restaurateur of the Year 2006 and Cordon d’Or Restaurateur of the Year 2012. In 2011, he was nominated for James Beard Outstanding Restaurateur, and Market Watch named him On Premise Player of the Year 2013. Richard Sandoval has built the largest collections of tequilas in North America and the Middle East and aspires to educate diners on their quality and diversity. When not cooking, Sandoval is passionate about training the chefs of the future. He supports their growth on the Board of Trustees at his alma mater, the Culinary Institute of America.