David Foulquier is a restaurateur intent on bringing world-class cuisine to Miami’s Arts & Entertainment District with his first venture Fooq’s set to open in February, 2015. Foulquier has traveled the globe and held positions in many acclaimed fine-dining restaurants where he learned the ropes of running both the front and the back of the house. His experience includes stints at renowned restaurants such as Restaurante Hofmann in Barcelona, Spain; Orsay Restaurant in New York, NY; and Gigi Restaurant in Miami, FL.
Half French and half Persian, Foulquier hails from Manhattan’s Upper East Side in New York. Foulquier is a graduate of the FIU School of Hospitality, after having attended the University Of Miami. After completing his studies Foulquier went on to complete a course as a certified Sushi Chef from the Tokyo Sushi Academy. He has Staged under Michelin-starred chefs Daniel Boulud and Jean Georges Vongerichten in New York City. During his time at FIU, Foulquier worked as an assistant manager at local favorite OTC. From his countless experiences during his myriad of travels, Foulquier’s tastes and inspirations blossomed, allowing him to develop an eclectic palette and foster his passion for that he hopes to share with the world.
Colombian Chef, Bryan Rojas, 28, graduated from Johnson and Wales culinary school in 2013, but it was real life experience and mentorships acquired while working amongst San Francisco’s top restaurants that paved the way for Rojas to become the Chef he is today. Working from a young age in the restaurant industry, Rojas excelled while working in notable establishments, such as, the nationally acclaimed restaurant, Farallon; Michelin rated California contemporary restaurant, Quince and Michael Tusk’s celebrated fine dining establishment, Cotogna.
After 2 years in San Franciso, Rojas moved back to Miami, were he proceeded to get his culinary degree while simultaneously working as Sous Chef at popular eatery Gigi. In 2013, Rojas joined Cypress Room, a Genuine Hospitality Group restaurant owned by Michael Schwartz, where he found a mentor and best friend in renowned Philipino Chef, Roel Alcudia. Rojas worked as Alcudia’s third in command for three years until both joined Miami’s favorite feel-good-food restaurant, Fooq’s. Under Alcudia’s consultancy, Rojas crafted an eclectic menu that combines owner, David Foulquier’s, Persian and French roots with Chef Bryan Rojas’ South American and California cuisine. Bryan has now cemented himself as one of the top rising Chefs in Miami creating fresh new dishes that have become staples at Fooq’s.