It hasn’t been easy for Byron Gomez. His family relocated from Costa Rica to the United States when he was 8-years old, and he grew up under a cloud of uncertainty due to their immigration status. Nevertheless, he discovered and succeeded in professional kitchens, thanks in part to a first job in Burger King, of all places, and went on to work in Atera, Eleven Madison Park, and a handful of Daniel Boulud’s restaurants. He’s currently chef of 7908, a combination restaurant, bar, and club in Aspen, Colorado, where he’s thriving, and also recently competed on Top Chef. During a visit to New York City, Byron sat down with Andrew to discuss his unique path, his goals, and his life as a “Dreamer,” in multiple senses of the word.
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