Geronimo Lopez

Executive Chef, Botika

Chef Lopez was most recently the Executive Chef and Instructor of Culinary Arts at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA), San Antonio. He was the opening executive chef in the college’s NAO: New World Flavors restaurant, which also serves as a classroom for students in the culinary arts associate degree and Latin Cuisines Certificate Programs at the San Antonio campus.

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; and La Guaira, Venezuela; and with Nestlé Foodservice in Mexico City, Mexico. From 2000-2006, he was sous chef with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts in Punta Mita, Mexico; Caracas, Venezuela; and in the United States, in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.