Chef Lopez was most recently the Executive Chef and Instructor of Culinary Arts at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA), San Antonio.
A native of Caracas, Venezuela, Lopez has more than 20 years experience as a chef in six countries, including serving as executive chef at top hotels and resorts in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Dubrovnik, Croatia, Mexico, and Venezuela.
Earlier in his career, Lopez worked in chef and management positions in several restaurants and hotels in France and Venezuela. He was also an instructor at La Casserole du Chef culinary school in Caracas. He studied international business at the Central University of Venezuela in Caracas and culinary arts at the Hotel School of Beaune in France.