Top Chef Season 18 Headshot Amar Santana

Amar Santana

AGE: 33
HOMETOWN: Born in Queens, NY; Currently resides in Orange County, CA
PROFESSION: Executive Chef/Partner, Broadway by Amar Santana in Laguna Beach, California and Vaca Restaurant in Costa Mesa, California.
CULINARY EDUCATION: A.O.S Culinary Arts, The Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY 
FAVORITE SIMPLE FALL DESSERT RECIPE: Sticky Toffee Pudding with Poached Pears and Bourbon Caramel

Amar Santana serves as the Executive Chef and Partner at Broadway By Amar Santana in Laguna Beach, CA and Vaca in Costa Mesa, CA. Born in the Dominican Republic, he immigrated to the US at the age of 13 and began his culinary career at 16. He has been mentored by some of the world's most renowned chefs, including Charlie Palmer, who helped him develop his skills of expressing his passion through food. By combining flavors and culinary traditions from all over the world, Chef Amar provides a truly unforgettable gastronomical experience.