Felipe Torres was born in Bogota, Colombia. At the age of 4 his family decided to move to the United States of America. As a young boy, Felipe Torres knew he wanted to be a Chef. Growing up with his family who shared and nurtured his passion for cooking. So it was no surprise that at just 12 years of age, he made his decision to make cuisine his life’s work.
After graduating from NY Institute of Culinary Education Felipe set out on the New York gastronomic cuisine and worked at acclaimed restaurants like Lupa and Esca. While learning about Italian cuisine in New York, he wanted to immerse himself the culture and decided to spend a few years in Northern Italy. Working in many restaurants like the two star Michelin restaurant, Il Sole. All while studying Italian culture, wine and cuisine.
Felipe knew that culinary school alone does not make a chef. He began a series of trails in NYC’s most outstanding restaurants to learn about how a kitchen runs. These trails at Eleven Madison Park, Jean George and Spotted Pig, to name a few, ignited a spark on how he would like his own kitchen to run one day. His undying commitment to his trade lead him down a path that led
Once back in NY in 2010, he became interested in Peruvian cuisine and decided to learn more. After many visits to Peru, he fell in love the indigenous ingredients, food and styles of cooking that have been passed down through generations of Peruvians. These new cooking styles and flavors fueled the passion for Peruvian cuisine.
His thirst for knowledge lead him to work under chefs like Gaston Acurio, Javier Wong and Virgilio Martinez. Felipe now wanted to replicate the passion and flavor of Peruvian cuisine. Using his own creativity and skill, he began using the knowledge of his culinary background and the new flavors of Peru. He continued his study in Peru by working at Astrid and Gaston, La Mar, Central and Maido to further nurture his talent. In 2012, Felipe did a quick stint at Momofuku noodle bar before he was brought on staff at Raymi. Now, Co-Executive Chef with his brother Jaime Torres.