Chef Adolfo Garcia Chef Garcia is the chef and owner of RioMar, La Boca, and a Mano restaurants in New Orleans. He also operates Gusto, the Cafe & Bar within The Theatres at Canal Place. Growing up in New Orleans, Adolfo Garcia was keenly aware of both the city’s culinary reputation as well as dishes his ancestors enjoyed. His family is Panamanian and they loved to travel and explore other cultures. He studied history at the University of Texas, and chose to pursue his passion for gastronomy. Garcia graduated from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America. After stages in high-end London, Madrid, and NYC restaurants, he returned to New Orleans eight years later inspired to cook from an historical perspective. Accolades include Garcia being named James Beard 2010 Semifinalist Best Chef for the South, Best New Chef and 7 years later Best Chef by New Orleans Magazine and The New Orleans Times-Picayune has also included RioMar in its Top Ten Best Restaurants city-wide list. When the James Beard House highlighted Latin American Chefs, Garcia was selected alongside the likes of Aaron Sanchez and Douglas Rodriguez.