Chef Ari Taymor is making Miami his home.
In 2012, Taymor opened Alma, in downtown Los Angeles which quickly became a local favorite. Initially recognized pulitzer winning food critic Jonathan Gold, national attention followed. Alma was named Bon Appetit magazine's best new restaurant in 2014, Taymor was named a Food and Wine Best New Chef and was a 2x nominee for Rising Star Chef by the James Beard Foundation. Taymor has relocated to Miami as the Executive chef of Pez Loco and No. 3 Social, bringing inspiration from the west coast of Mexico, through the lens of local south Florida product.
Chef Ari Taymor
I was born on Kauai but grew up in Palo Alto.
I surfed and played all kinds of sports as a kid. I had no real interest in food or cooking growing up, honestly just eating tons of fast food. I went to college at George Washington University in DC, studying Philosophy and International affairs. I started cooking for myself while on a semester abroad in Australia, and quickly fell in love with it. I became extremely interested in food ethics and sustainable agriculture, and after graduating from college, I moved back to the Bay Area and started working in restaurants.
I learned to cook almost completely in restaurants and experimenting at home. I started off working for free, peeling, cutting, cleaning, and whatever task anyone would give me. From there I worked my way up to cooking on the line and was fortunate to work in some really amazing restaurants in the US and Europe. I had some really wonderful mentors, Jeremy Fox, Kim Alter, and Armand Arnal, who were absolutely foundational in preparing me for the rest of my career.