Born and raised in the sunny, coastal city of Santa Monica, Robert was inspired by the diversity of cuisines rooted in his hometown. His loving parents, both from Ecuador, influenced his passion for food and cooking. Growing up he spent most of his time in the kitchen alongside his mother, learning about traditional Ecuadorian cuisine and assisting her with her in-home cake business. He began to turn his passion into a career by attending the Art Institute of Santa Monica. After years of mentorship and hard work, Robert’s talent has been recognized in numerous restaurant concepts across the United States. After Season’s 52, he joined Maggiano’s Restaurant where he felt at home with their chef-driven, scratch kitchen. Now he is planning of retiring in the sunny-coastal city of Sorrento, Italy.