Bradley Kilgore, Culinary Director/Founder
Chef Bradley Kilgore was born and raised in Kansas City. After moving around to work and train in Denver, Italy and Chicago, he has now has planted his feet in Miami. In Chicago, Chef Kilgore worked at world-renowned restaurant Alinea before leaving to open L2o under Chef Laurent Gras. Later, both restaurants garnered the honor of 3 Michelin Stars. As Executive Sous Chef, Bradley then opened EPIC restaurant also in Chicago, which was named one of John Mariani’s Best New Restaurants of 2010.
After living in Chicago, Bradley made his move to Miami. Upon arriving in Miami, he set his sights on the famed restaurant Azul in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. During his tenure Azul was awarded 5 Stars from Forbes Travel guide in 2013 from there, Chef Kilgore moved on to the St. Regis Bal Harbour as Executive Chef under Jean George Vongerichten at J&G Grill, where Chef Kilgore and his team were given 4 Stars from the Miami Herald, the only restaurant that year to achieve such status.
In the Summer of 2015 Chef Kilgore opened Alter in the art focused Wynwood district of Miami. There he offers Progressive American cuisine, highlighting indigenous Floridian ingredients as well as a 5, 7, 8 course tasting menu options, as well as a Chef’s table tasting menu experience. Alter received 4 stars from the Miami Herald in November of that year, making Chef Kilgore the only Chef to ever receive 4 Starts twice from the Miami Herald. Alter was also named restaurant of the year by Eater, and Chef Kilgore Chef of the Year for the 2nd year in a row.
In its opening year Alter was named semifinalist for the prestigious James Beard awards in the category Best New Restaurant, and Chef Kilgore in the category Rising Star chef of the year twice 2016 and 2017. Also in 2016 Bradley was named Best New Chef in America by Food & Wine Magazine and Alter was named a Diners Discovery from San Pellegrino “The World’s 50 Best”. He is now also the Culinary Director for the Adrienne Arsht Center and has a signature restaurant Brava by Brad Kilgore.
Nico De Soto
Nico de Soto visited 85 countries and worked in 31 of them. Parisian born and raised, he has made a lasting impression on the cocktail community around the world. He first began bartending in Paris in 2005 where he was trained in the art of classic cocktails. In 2007, he moved to Australia and began work in Melbourne, where he spent a year crafting libations. He then returned to Paris, working in China Club and became bar manager at Mama Shelter before joining Paris’s most respected cocktail bars, the Experimental Cocktail Club and Curio Parlor. In 2010 he joined the opening teams at Dram and PKNY (former Painkiller) in New York and then became the head mixologist of the Experimental Group, opening back to back the very successful Experimental Cocktail Club in London and New York, respectively nominated 3rd best bar in Europe 2012 at Cocktail Spirits Awards and top 4 finalists World’s Best New Bar in 2013 at Tales of Cocktails and 26th best cocktail bar in the world by Drinks International. In 2013 he also worked at the awarded 69 Colebrooke Row and Happiness Forgets in London, names respectively Best Bar in the World at Tales of the Cocktails and 6th Best Bar in the World by Drinks International 2013. In 2015, he opened his first cocktail bar Mace in East Village in New York who is ranked 28th best bar in the World at Drinks International World’s Top 50 Best Bars for the second year in a row. In 2016, he opened in Paris Danico, his new bar inside the Galerie Vivienne.
His approach of drinks is inspired by travels and cuisine, always trying to get new flavors, combinations and techniques. He won the award of the Most Influential French Bartender at Cocktails Spirits Bar Show 2014 in Paris. In 2016 he was ranked 40th most influential French people in their thirties in the French gastronomy; the only bartender in the 50.
Awards and Accolades
Top 5 NYC Most Legendary Bartenders, Grandlife, 2013.
Most Influential French Bartender, Cocktail Spirits, 2014.
Mace ranked 38th at World’s Top 50 Best Bars, Drink International, 2015.
Mace America’s Most Imaginative Cocktail Concept, Playboy’s Magazine, 2015.
40th Most Influential French People in their 30s, Atabula, 2016.
Mace Top 4 World’s Best Cocktail Menu, Tales of the Cocktails, 2016.
Mace ranked 28th at World’s Top 50 Best Bars, Drink International, 2016.
Danico Top 4 Europe’s Best New Bar, Bar Convent Berlin, 2016.
Mace Most Creative Cocktail Menu, NYC Time Out Awards, 2017.
Mace Top 10 World’s Best Cocktail Menu, Tales of the Cocktails, 2017.
Danico Top 4 Best New International Cocktail Bar, Tales of the Cocktails, 2017.
Top 4 International Bartender of the Year, Tales of the Cocktails, 2017.
Mace ranked 42nd at World’s Top 50 Best Bars, Drink International, 2017.
Mace Top 4 NYC Best Bar, Time Out Awards, 2018.
Mace Top 4 Most Creative Cocktail Menu, NYC Time Out Awards, 2018.
Mace Top 10 World’s Best Cocktail Menu, Tales of the Cocktails, 2018.
Danico Top 4 Best International Restaurant Bar, Tales of the Cocktails, 2018.
Consulting Work and Ownership:
Mace, NYC, 2015 – Now
Danico, Paris II, 2016 – Now
Kaido, Miami, 2018 – Now
Zebra, Paris XVI, 2018 – Now
Perruche, Paris IX, 2018 – Now
Daroco, Paris II, 2016 – Now
9 Confidentiel, Paris I, 2018
9 Cesari, Roma, 2018
Maison Breguet, Paris XI, 2017-2018
Richard Mille, 2018
Monsieur Bleu, 2017
Alter, Miami, 2016
Loosie Rouge, NYC, 2015
Saison, San Francisco, 2013
Robert Delarosa, Director of Operations/Managing Partner
Robert Delarosa was born and raised in Vineland New Jersey. Robert worked at numerous local restaurants in a variety of positions: dishwasher, salad boy, bus boy, bar back and server. Along the way his skills were honed in larger markets, from the beach-front gaming destination of Atlantic City to the historic old world service at the Bellevue Hotel in Philadelphia.
Robert relocated to Las Vegas and stepped into a Captain’s role at Commander’s Palace restaurant. After a year of captaincy, Robert was offered the Assistant Maitre d’/Assistant Sommelier position for Andre Rochat’s 57th floor haute French restaurant Alize perched above the dazzling skyline at the Palm’s Las Vegas.
Success there eventually landed him a GM position with Richard Chamberlain and his sexy newcomer ENVY Steakhouse for which Robert quickly positioned it into a winner of “Best New Restaurant” in Las Vegas Life magazine 2006. In the summer of the following year, Marcus Hotels and Resorts tapped him to become the F&B Manager of their highly anticipated Platinum Hotel and Spa, Vegas’s first Condo-Hotel, along with the responsibility of launching the STIR Lounge and PT78 Restaurant concepts. In just a year, he was able to garner an “Award of Excellence” designation from Wine Spectator magazine and guided the restaurant in being named Best of Las Vegas Life 2007.
Seeking greater awareness in the industry, Robert joined Johnson Brothers of Nevada and was a Fine Wine Sales Consultant for their largest and highest grossing American territories. In 2008 Robert set sail and became the first American Restaurant Manager in Celebrity Cruises fleet history, launching the flagship Solstice and her sister ship Eclipse, as well as overseeing service at the Tuscan Grill and Silk Harvest.
Two years later, Robert settled into the historic Fontainebleau Resort and Alfred Portale’s Gotham Steakhouse as AGM. After a year, Myles Chefetz and his $21 million juggernaut celebrity catered steakhouse Prime 112 were in his sights. Robert split time as AGM at Prime Italian and eventually received the opportunity to act as GM of Prime 112. The Mandarin Oriental in Brickell Key and its signature restaurant AZUL eventually invited Robert to assume the GM position of their iconic and award winning dining room. In just six months and after 12 years of being a 4 star restaurant, Azul was catapulted into becoming the first Forbes’s 5 Star restaurant in Florida history and only one of 27 to hold that distinction in the world.
Robert joined the St. Regis and was the General Manager of J&G Grill at the flagship St. Regis Bal Harbour. In 2013, Robert assisted the hotel into becoming a Forbes 5 Star property and raised the restaurant score from 2 to 4 stars making it the first Forbes 4 Star restaurant in C.C.H.G. and Starwood’s American hotel portfolio.
In March of 2014, Robert opened Iron Chef Jose Garces’s Volver restaurant, in the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts. An 11 table, 30 seat opus to culinary arts at it’s highest form, Volver was a 14 course, ticketed dining tour de force. In just 18 months, it was only one of 2 restaurants worldwide to be added to the Forbes 5 Star recipient list.
Soraya Kilgore, Corporate Pastry Chef
A graduate of the prestigious Kendall College in Chicago, Soraya is one of the top Pastry Chef’s in the Southeast. Her artistic touch and exceptional culinary background are second to none. Soraya’s portfolio of work includes: Alter Miami, BRAVA by Brad Kilgore along with the upcoming openings of Ember and Kaido in the Design District as well as the incredibly popular MadLab Creamery in Design District.