Executive Chef Luis Vazquez & Somelier Carlos Vázquez Soto


Executive Chef Luis Vazquez

Luis Vázquez Soto was born on July 18, 1977 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. As young as 15, he was exposed for the first time to the culinary world by his mother who was the administrator of a small kitchen. He was eager to learn, taste and try out new things, and quickly fell in love with the kitchen.

While studying business administration, he started working as a server and skillfully managed his way into the kitchen as an expediter. Vázquez would not settle and began working on ideas to develop a business of his own. However, considering it was still premature, he also worked as restaurant manager to continue learning about this business’s administration.

In 2001 he opened his own catering business. He rented a commercial kitchen where he further developed his skills and culinary talents. After 15 years of serving thousands of guests and managing from logistics to amazing presentations, he began the construction of his own establishment.

When Puerto Rico was struck by the devastation of hurricane María in 2017, many businesses went bankrupt. However, Vázquez saw an opportunity to help people and maintain his business at the same time and began serving food to go. The expert preparation of his plates and great taste quickly earned him clientele.

Today, he owns two commercial kitchens and a restaurant called El Granero Steakhouse in San Juan, PR. In less than a year, the taste, technique, and overall experience of his restaurant has caused commotion and awe in the culinary world.

Vázquez has been interviewed in several radio and tv programs and his restaurant has been recognized and highlighted by multiple entities that evaluate the culinary businesses.

Currently, El Granero is rated among the best restaurants in San Juan and has been awarded several recognitions among the industry. His unsettling nature, hard work, charisma and his drive to conquer the culinary world continually creating delicacies full of taste and great technique, have been without doubt the secrets to his non stopping success.

 

Somelier Carlos Vázquez Soto

Born on May 19, 1980 in San Juan, Puerto Rico he was the youngest of three brothers. At age 17, driven by the will to acquire working experience and independence, he started working in a fast food restaurant. He and his older brother, Luis Vázquez Soto, grew up being very close and started cultivating a dream of one day working together in their own business. In 2000, Vázquez started working with his older brother at a renowned restaurant where they further kindled the dream of having their own. However, as time went by, they eventually took different paths.

In 2012, a new interest arose in Carlos: barbeque competitions. Fully committed and with a clear plan in mind, Carlos dived deep into the world of barbeque. He convinced his older brother, friends and other family members to become part of this. It quickly became the best pastime where the family and friends could learn about and enjoy the experience of BBQ and indulge in great food and companions. Further developing their culinary talent, the hard work and commitment quickly paid off since at the very first competition they won 1st place in the desert category. The following years, 2013 – 2016, they brought home the 1st place award in the poultry category along with the Grand Champion title several years.

2015 was a crucial year. Amidst the exciting success he was experimenting in the BBQ world, another passion began to surface in Carlos’s mind. A profound interest in the wine and whisky worlds arose. Making the most of every opportunity to learn from the experts, Vázquez continued to develop his taste and furthered his education in the subject. In 2017, after the devastation that hurricane Maria brought to Puerto Rico, his older brother started a food-to-go business and proposed him to become part of it. Considering the circumstances as a great opportunity to achieve the dream of working together in a family run business, he accepted. Rather quickly, they were able to open a restaurant and later the prime meat butcher shop, El Ático Mercado de Carnes. Willing to continue learning, in 2019 Carlos became certified as a sommelier by the WSET. Today, not only do they own two businesses together but Luis’s culinary expertise along with Carlos’s sommelier preparation have placed El Granero and El Atico as the place to go if you want to indulge the best pairing of high quality meats and unique and fascinating wines and whiskeys.