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For a special treat at this year’s Waterford Fair, join Chef Ruben Garcia at the Walker Phillips House for a traditional Spanish Paella prepared in the garden over an open fire. Lunch includes:

  • beer and wine,
  • salad and vegetable sides, and
  • paella prepared over an open fire.

The event will move into the Walker Phillip House if the weather turns poor.

Location: Walker-Phillips House and Garden

Price: $250 per ticket. Seating limited to 25. Price includes a 1-day Fair ticket.

To Participate: purchase tickets at the Waterford Fair website here. Scroll down to “Spanish Paella LUNCH” in the ticket options.

 

Meet Chef Garcia:

Rubén’s roots into the culinary world runs deep into the kitchens of the finest Spanish chefs. He began  in the avant-garde kitchen of Martín Berasategui where he learned the discipline of working in a 3-star Michelin restaurant. Rubén then enhanced his knowledge on innovative techniques, imaginative  presentations, and high-quality products by working alongside world-renowned chef Ferran Adrià at el bulli. During his five years at this 3-star Michelin restaurant, Rubén worked every station, including  serving as pastry chef for three years. He would be reunited with his mentors Ferran and Albert Adrià on their first foray into the United States, a partnership with José Andrés to open Mercado Little Spain in  New York City. 

He began his career in the United States in 2004 with ThinkFoodGroup by José Andrés. Rubén oversaw menu development and provided the creative direction to the twice 2-star Michelin restaurant, minibar, and was Andrés’ right hand man as he expanded restaurants nationally. As Creative Operating Officer and Founder of UNFOLD Hospitality, Ruben now inspires new chefs and leads concept development with restaurateurs to help realize their vision and potential.

Rubén has appeared twice on Iron Chef as victor. He suggests that the original kitchen that inspired him was that of his mother, aunt, and grandmother. Ruben and his children adore Waterford and he is inspired by his relationships with our local farming community.

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