Executive Chef and Creator of Botika
Chef Geronimo Lopez a native of Venezuela, is the Executive Chef and creator of Botika, a new Peruvian-Asian restaurant. Featuring “Chifa” and “Nikkei” cuisine as well as inventive takes on classic dishes from Asia and Latin America.
Chifa Chinese-Peruvian) and Nikkei (Japanese-Peruvian) were born during the waves of Chinese and Japanese immigration to Peru in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
These two new cuisines combine Asian recipes with local ingredients and spices, creating entirely new and exciting flavor profiles. The restaurant also features a sushi-ceviche bar.
Chef Lopez was previously an 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;
Earlier in his career, Lopez worked in chef and management positions in several restaurants and hotels in France and Venezuela. He was also an instructor at La Casserole du Chef culinary school in Caracas. He studied international business at the Central University of Venezuela in Caracas and culinary arts at the Hotel School of Beaune in France.
Chef Lopez speaks five languages.