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Culinary Curators

Thomas Perez, a native of El Salvador with nearly 25 years of experience, is a world-class sommelier and Co-Founder of Plane & Level. Graduating as an oenologist from Spain’s Escuela Superior de Enologia del Pais Vasco, he honed his winemaking skills under renowned mentors like Fidel Fernández and Jean François Coche. Perez’s expertise led him to create exquisite wines at Kristi-Lynn Wine, representing varietals from California, Oregon, Argentina, and Spain. Recognized as a top wine expert, he has worked at acclaimed establishments like Aubergine L’Auberge Carmel and The Inn at Dos Brisas.

Chef Orlando Amaro was born in Venezuela, where his Italian grandmother, a pastry chef, helped nurture his passion for gastronomy in a diverse culinary environment. He pursued this passion at the renowned Culinary Institute of Mexico. The journey led him to Spain, where he had the privilege of working under the tutelage of Chef Ferran Adrià at the Michelin 3-star restaurant El Bulli, immersing in the innovative realm of molecular gastronomy. Chef is driven by a desire for continuous growth, exploration of the culinary world, conceptualizing and opening restaurants worldwide. With 25 years of experience in kitchens worldwide he has specialized in Italian, French, and New American cuisine.

The union of Thomas Perez and Chef Orlando Amaro

brings forth a harmonious collaboration, as they create a new culinary masterpiece—Amelia’s Place. With their combined expertise and passion for their respective crafts, they weave together a symphony of flavors and sensations, where exquisite dishes inspired by the diverse Mediterranean region are thoughtfully paired with carefully curated wines. The chef’s culinary prowess brings forth the vibrant and authentic flavors of the Mediterranean, while Perez’s deep understanding of wines enhances the dining experience, elevating each dish with the perfect pairing. Together, this dynamic duo aims to transport diners to the sun-soaked shores and enchanting landscapes of the Mediterranean, offering a gastronomic journey that is both memorable and extraordinary.