When Chef Richard Sandoval opened Maya in New York City 15 years ago, he dramatically changed the way diners thought of Mexican cooking. In 2012, as Richard Sandoval Restaurants celebrates its 15th anniversary, chef Sandoval is firmly established as a pioneer of contemporary Latin cuisine, and one of the world’s most successful Latin chefs. In Denver, New York, DC, and Santa Monica, Mexico, and the Middle East, his diverse restaurants explore the vast potential of Latin cuisine. Each menu is an embodiment of his signature style, expressed in the motto, "Old Ways, New Hands": combining authentic Latin ingredients with international flavors and cooking techniques to create unexpected and popular Latin dining experiences.
From modern Mexican at Maya, La Sandia, and Tamayo, coastal Mexican fine dining at Pampano and sustainable seafood at Raya, to Latin-Asian Zengo, and pan-‐Latin Cima, and Toro Toro, every Sandoval concept resonates with diners’ varied and evolving tastes. Travelers are well served by his partnerships with American Airlines and The Four Seasons, Westin, Ritz Carlton, Le Royal Meridien, and Yotel amongst other leading hotels. At La Biblioteca de Tequila in New York, and in the beverage programs of all of his restaurants, chef Sandoval helps guests explore the richness of Latin spirits.
A native of Mexico City and a graduate of the Culinary Insitute of America, Richard Sandoval has received numerous awards.