Mike Beltran on his journey into food, learning from the best, and inspiration from abuelos

Mike Beltran on his journey into food, learning from the best, and inspiration from abuelos
 

In this, the first full episode of Pan Con Podcast, we dive into chef Mike Beltran's journey into food, the unhealthy habits that sometimes develop in kitchen life, how Miami influenced his perspective as a chef, and what it was like for him to strike out on his own as a restaurateur.

We also touch the chaotic first few days at Chug’s — Mike's Coconut Grove Cuban diner — dealing with criticism of a new restaurant, and how the menu there is a reflection and interpretation of the dishes he associates with his grandparents.

 

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Nicolás Antonio Jiménez is the founder of DADE. When he's not working on this site, he's the senior editor of Cigar Snob Magazine, an internationally distributed lifestyle magazine.
Nick is also a Miami native, Cuban-American, and graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism.