BMW: Excite all your senses with Chef Ronaldo Linares

It's Saturday November 4th and I find myself driving the Ultimate Driving Machine. Sitting behind the wheel of the all new M-4 with its 400 plus horsepower was a moment I will never forget. Taking those corners at full throttle on the fast lap, left my blood pumping and got me ready for what's to follow. What was to follow exactly! Here's the backstory, a few weeks back I got contacted by BMW to be the Celebrity Chef for the Ultimate Culinary Experience and with no hesitation I said YES.  Excite all your senses After driving, people indulged in a culinary experience from yours truly and our restaurant Martino's Cuban Restaurant. Crowd was entertained by a curated 3 course tasting menu which included a cooking demo for each course. The event was not to be missed! Click the video link below:  ​[video src="http://www.ronaldolinares.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/img_1825.mp4" poster=""][/video]​ The event started with an amazing introduction by Kevin Williams, the VP of multi-cultural affairs for BMW. He is the person who hired me, by the way he's a well dressed individual. After the introduction, I shared a few words about my path to the BMW stage and all the tasty ups and downs that life has dished out. The first course was a Tahitian Cubano...

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Liam at 10,000 feet

So here I am into our third hour of our flight and going into our last 45 minutes as the Captain announces that we will begin our descend into Newark airport.  As he finishes with his announcement, that annoying tone goes off and so does Liam my 9-month-old son.  Drama begins people; so being the second time Liam flies and figuring that the first time was smooth, this one would be too. Boy was I wrong, the weather sucked and here he goes.  The crying begins, I begin to go through protocol. I take out the rattle toy “nada”, then the squeaky one “nada”, and the full proof toy the straw “nada”.   OH!!!! Did I mention we were in first class, so Liam is a good 5 minutes into his crying and beads of sweat have formed on my forehead.  Let me tell you, if looks could kill, especially from the lady in seat 6B.  I'm fighting not to tell all the overly serious United Elite members the following, “I know my son is crying, I know it is not the most pleasant sound in the world.  That I’m sweating as I try to figure out what is wrong with him.”    So after my mind freak out, I get up, walk to the front...

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So who is Ronaldo?

Before we start, I want to introduce myself. My name is Ronaldo Linares, I am a Cuban-Colombian, salsa dancing, MMA fighting, crossfit training, classically trained chef, living his dream here in the United States of America. I first got here when I was 9 years old from Colombia. Put it this way, I was there during the Cartel wars and saw too many deaths before I was like 5 or 6 years old.. So not too many good memories there. But my family has always been able to keep those bad memories at bay. However, being with the family and all that goodness that comes with it, made all the good shine through. Anyway, so who am I? I’m a person that loves life, a person that loves food. A person that loves to eat, so I guess that’s why I’m a chef. But I don’t really like to classify myself as a chef I guess. I’m just someone that loves to create food -- amazing food, for people to eat. And lately I’ve been on a journey on the last couple of years, focusing on health and brining back flavors to our Latin food, allowing the food to shine. You know,...

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