Meet Chef Juan and Antonia...

Our Story

Chef Juan Hernandez has extensive culinary arts experience. He started cooking at a young age as a native of Spain. In 1986, he moved to New Orleans where he began his culinary education at Delgado Community College, but chose to perfect his culinary skills with hands-on experience, learning the trade at several upscale New Orleans restaurants and hotels such as Intercontinental Hotel, Petroleum Club, Louis the XIV, the Hilton Hotel and more...  Later, he moved back to Spain expand his culinary skills by working at prestigious hotels like The Palace in Madrid and catering companies that catered to celebrities and members of the royal family. In 2001, he returned to New Orleans ready to open his own restaurant, Madrid. He was delighted to serve his delicious cuisine to his loyal customers. Chef Juan’s restaurant, Madrid became a favorite of senators and local food critics.  Today, he continues to serve the freshest of Mediterranean ingredients and dishes at Alberto’s Cheese and Wine Bistro located at the New Orleans French Market. Locals and tourists from around the world seek Chef Juan’s cuisine at Alberto’s on the Internet and his web site. They enjoy his chef inspired beautifully presented delicious Mediterranean European dishes at reasonable prices as they experience the true New Orleans atmosphere in a casual and relaxed environment at the French Market.

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