Meet Our New Executive Chef

2:50 pm, Thursday August 3rd, 2023

Welcome to Vidrio, Chef Abel Diaz!

Award Winning Executive Chef Abel Diaz is ready to unveil his culinary passions, blending global flavors with local flair.

Abel Leonardo Chiok Diaz is an accomplished and dedicated Executive Chef with over 20 years of experience and a diverse background in international cuisine. With a passion for culinary excellence, Abel has honed his skills and expertise through working in renowned establishments with celebrated chefs around the world, from Australia to Peru. We are thrilled to welcome him into the Vidrio family!

Abel Leonardo Chiok Diaz’s unwavering commitment to culinary excellence, vast international experience, and leadership abilities make him a remarkable Executive Chef dedicated to creating memorable dining experiences.

Over the last month, Chef Abel has been introducing featured dishes to Vidrio, with plans for launching an updated menu in late August. These 20+ new menu items will showcase local seasonal ingredients, along with imported specialties in Chef’s signature cooking style. The best way to get to know Abel is through his food! Get a sneak peek of what’s to come and try Chef Abel’s specials Thursday-Sunday every week. Make your reservation here and stay tuned for our new menu launch date!

Chef Abel’s Culinary Journey

Most recently residing in Ann Arbor, MI, Abel gained extensive experience in creating innovative menus, managing kitchen operations, and delivering exceptional dining experiences as the Executive Chef at Taste Kitchen.

Abel’s culinary journey began in Australia, where he worked as a Chef Consultant at notable establishments such as Inka Restaurant in Canberra. There, he successfully spearheaded the opening of the Peruvian/Japanese-Nikkei cuisine restaurant, collaborating with the Executive Chef and owner to curate an authentic menu. This venture garnered accolades, including the esteemed “Best Designed Restaurant” recognition by The New York Times.

Abel’s international expertise expanded to Peru, where he had the privilege of training under the esteemed Gaston Acurio at Astrid & Gaston, a world-class fine-dining restaurant in Lima. His dedication and talent earned recognition in the prestigious San Pellegrino Restaurant Award List, placing the restaurant in the Top 50.

Back in the United States, Abel showcased his culinary prowess as an Executive Chef at Aventura Restaurant in Ann Arbor, MI. He played a pivotal role in revitalizing the establishment by completely transforming the menu and implementing scratch preparations. During his time at Aventura, Abel was awarded the opportunity to train under Eneko Axta at Azurmendi Restaurant, Three-star Michelin, Bilbao, Spain.

Abel’s extensive experience also includes consultancy roles at Pialligo Estate in Canberra, Australia, where he opened banquet operations and supervised à la carte services, and Maido Restaurante in Lima, Peru, a renowned Peruvian-Japanese concept ranked among the top five in the world by the Pelegrino Restaurant Award List.

His passion for the culinary arts, combined with his drive for excellence, has shaped Abel into a highly skilled and innovative chef. He holds a Certificate 4 in Commercial Cookery from the Culinary Institute Technology in Canberra, Australia.