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!

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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 Ceviche that blended granny smith apples, bassa, red peppers, coconut milk, lime juice, and a select blend of spices. 

People loved this dish and it was a perfect opener to the event. Crowd loved the demo, with an audience member cracking open a coconut. And an end result was an appetizing vision – a colorful mix of different textures.

In between each demo, the audience had a great surprise, two professional dancers came out and gave them a show. A blend of salsa, merengue, and everyone’s favorite bachata.

Time for demo number 2: Sous vide pork tenderloin, mofongo (plantain mash), and a beautiful mojo sauce.  I did a quick demo of the pork tenderloin, the breakdown, and marinade.


As always I had a trick up my sleeve, calling on the audience to help me with the surprise. The surprise was the actual construction of the mofongo. What excited me is sharing the love of my culture to a room full of movers and shakers. A mofongo recipe that I don’t think many have seen live. Not only did I pull it off, but pulled it off with an audience member. Showing that all you need is the right sazón and ingredients.

The last dish was a deconstructed Apple Pie, a cored red delicious apple stuffed with fall whipped almond butter, topped with a cream cheese whipped topping, and fill dough crumble. The perfect ending to the evening.

The people would get the actual dish as I executed each demo. Let me tell you, I was able to “EXCITE ALL THE SENSES”.

As a chef all we want is the first and last bite to be perfect and when that nirvana is achieved, then you could go to sleep knowing that you’ve met you goal.

What a night, a big thank you to my team, Martino’s Cuban Restaurant, and of course BMW for giving me the stage.



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 of the plane and grab a glass of wine to chill out.  Liam is still crying at this point, so I ask myself what can I do to make his ears pop.



HAHA I know!!! Here is what I did, covering his nose and mouth with my mouth I blew real quick into them and TOMA problem solved.  After that Liam was the saint that he is.  As I returned to the cabin I wanted to tell the United Elite Members “Liam is quiet now and you may return to being boring”.  


The rest of the flight was great, but the moment I got home this Cuban made him self a nice mojito. Check out the video and recipe here on my youtube channel.  TOMA!!!

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, I’ve been seeing Latin food being added with too much fat, too much crap basically.

When I tell a lot of people, “Yo, Latin food is healthy and delicious.” They say, “Healthy??? No it’s not. It can’t be healthy. You can’t make Latin without frying or using too much grease”, which is I think is BS, bogus. Not cool at all. So I’ve been trying to change the traditional thinking of Latin food and bringing the health twist to it for the last couple of years and through this blog, I want to accomplish the same. I will talk about my sofrito, my seasonings, my blends, my techniques, my ways of cooking amazing food. You could find my easy to follow recipes on my YouTube channel, check it out:

So with that being said, I want to thank Mr. George Torres, aka Urban Jibaro for this opportunity to be able to share my thoughts in this platform and to all of you out there, please read it, love it, like it, share it, comment on it so I can keep doing this. This is something new for me, a new platform so with an open heart and your open heart you receive me so that we continue this journey together. Love you all and a lot more to come. We’ll be talking about family, food, and fitness. If you would like to try my food live here is where you could find here Martino’s Cuban Restaurant, Thank you.