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Meet Lorena Garcia, The First Celebrity Latina Chef on The Strip

She opens Chica at the Venetian this spring

Lorena Garcia
Lorena Garcia
Amelinda B Lee

The newest celebrity chef on the scene in Las Vegas now has her face sky high on a billboard on the side of the Venetian. Venezuelan chef Lorena Garcia plans to open Chica in the former DB Brasserie space at the resort this spring.

Garcia joins the ranks of Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken of Border Grill, Giada De Laurentiis at The Cromwell and Christina Tosi at Milk Bar at the Cosmopolitan as some of the most famous female chefs on the Strip. Garcia appeared on season four of Top Chef Masters and was one of the judges and investors on America’s Next Great Restaurants.

Now her face appears 21 feet tall next to other Venetian and Palazzo chefs such as Wolfgang Puck, Thomas Keller, Mario Batali, Buddy "Cake Boss" Valastro and Emeril Lagasse.

Aside from her restaurants at airports in Miami, Atlanta and Dallas, Garcia published her first cookbook, Lorena Garcia’s New Latin Classics, and created the Lorena Bella Kitchen Collection for HSN.

Chica, from John Kunkel’s 50 Eggs Inc. that has Yardbird Southern Table & Bar at the resort, plans to serve Latin American cuisine, with influences from Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, Mexico and Argentina, among others. Chica plans to serve lunch, dinner and a weekend brunch.

DB Brasserie

3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109 702-430-1235 Visit Website


3595 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89109 (855) 442-3271 Visit Website

Border Grill

3500 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (702) 854-6700 Visit Website


154-158 Wing Lok Street, , Hong Kong Island 2547 9273 Visit Website

Milk Bar

100 Bellevue Square, , WA 98004 (425) 455-5800 Visit Website