Rodney Murillo, corporate chef of Davio's Northern Italian Restaurants, hails from Costa Rica. As a young adult, Murillo relocated to Boston to pursue his interest in the culinary arts. Not yet fluent in English when he moved to the states, Murillo overcame this barrier while learning everything he could about the art of cooking. Murillo's fascination with food started early. Growing up on a farm in Costa Rica, he gained an appreciation for every aspect of food preparation. Murillo remembers that meals prepared by his family were sourced with only the freshest ingredients, a tradition he strives to maintain to this day.
Murillo's dedication and talent allowed him to quickly rise through the ranks as the chef of Davio's Restaurant, executive chef of Davio's sister restaurant, Avila and as the Davio's empire has grown, Murillo has been promoted to corporate chef, overseeing all of the Davio's kitchens. Murillo has had the opportunity to work alongside some of the most prestigious chefs, including apprenticeships at Pasion in Philadelphia and Daniel in New York City. In furtherance of his career, he has traveled to Portugal, Spain, and France where he was able to experience the various foods of each country, which included dining at several of Europe's Michelin star restaurants. In 2009, Murillo was invited to cook at the James Beard house. Murillo takes great pride in being a self-taught chef and working with many of the same people who have nurtured him through his years at Davio's. Murillo lives in Boston with his wife, Audrey, and his two children, Joaquin and Lola.