Elevado is renowned for creating energetic modern menus combining classic technique with a Japanese aesthetic.
Graduating from the New York Restaurant School, Elevado’s career began at the acclaimed NOBU in New York City, where for nine years he trained under the highly influential Chef Nobu Matsuhisa. As his mentor, Matsuhisa instilled in Elevado the importance of passion and integrity in cooking and creating dishes showcasing simplicity and quality ingredients.
In 2006, Elevado became the Executive Chef of Social House in Las Vegas, known for eclectic and approachable dining. Elevado created the overall concept and menu, earning Best New Restaurant from Las Vegas Life Magazine. During his time at Social House, Elevado also became consultant chef of Company Kitchen and Pub House in Las Vegas and Social House restaurant in Mexico City.
In 2011 and 2012, as executive chef at l’Ermitage Beverly Hills, a Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond luxury Hotel, Elevado completely reinvented the hotels food and beverage program. He led the culinary team at the hotel’s acclaimed Livello restaurant weaving together contemporary Asian and Italian flavors.
In 2013 he began his 5-year tenure at the Wynn/Encore leading the culinary program at Andrea’s, Steve Wynn’s Asian hotspot.
In 2018, Elevado was recruited by PrepKitchen, a well-known San Diego staple, to be their Chief Culinary Officer, where he would lead the multi-unit’s culinary program.