Get to Know Some Culinary Talents: Jhair Lezcano Vargas

Some of our best culinary talents graduated from the Global Culinary Excellence Academy (GCEA) last year. Here is a chance to meet Jhair Lezcano, our chef from Panama.

Your Name: Jhair Lezcano Vargas


Location: Panama City


What is your favorite dish to cook?
Roasted pork leg (Lechona)


What is your favorite ingredient?
Sawtooth coriander


Vegetables or fruits?
Vegetables


Appetizer, main course or dessert?
Appetizer


What is your favorite or most-used utensil?
My chef’s knife


What is your favorite food trend right now?
Healthy superfood


What’s your guilty pleasure snack or food?
Deep fried pork belly


Any secret talents/superpowers?
My sense of smell and taste is a gift


What is you dream culinary destination?
Japan


Do you have a traditional recipe in your family?
Roasted pork leg during Christmas


If you only could eat one meal for the rest of your life, which one would it be?
White rice with kidney beans, pork belly and salad, all of which is a normal lunch or dinner in Panama.


A fun fact about you:
I talk with myself very frequently. I even laugh and make jokes to myself sometimes!

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