Artemio Lopez

Chef de Cuisine

If there’s one food that Artemio, aka Arte, cannot live without it, it’s fresh homemade tortillas, the ones his grandmother and mother used to make growing up in the ‘food capital’ of Mexico, Oaxaca. It is these fond memories that inspired Arte to pursue a culinary career.

Arte’s experience expands more than 20 years in eight different countries. He began his studies at the Culinary Institute of Mexico where he obtained a degree in Culinary Art. Moving abroad to Switzerland, Arte continued his studies in hotel management at the Glion Hotel School and then catering at Ferrandi, the French School of Culinary Arts in Paris. France opened the doors to a six-month apprenticeship at Château de Brindos.

From France to Kosovo, Arte expanded his skillset spending three months helping to set up the first Mexican restaurant in Pristina. He then traveled to Spain to work at Casa Alfonso restaurant, and while there, the restaurant was awarded a Michelin star.

It took a stint in the United States before Arte started to make his way to the Caribbean. Bermuda was his first stop and here he blossomed at the Port Royal Golf Course establishment, 64 Degrees Restaurant.

It’s now been six years since Arte arrived at The Brasserie. As Chef de Cuisine, he enjoys the opportunity to cook with fresh, local and seasonal ingredients and create menus based on the wide variety and availability of farm-to-table produce in Cayman.