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ABOUT


Growing up in Mexico City, Richard Sandoval would join his grandmother in the kitchen and gather around her large table with family to enjoy lively Mexican feasts prepared from scratch.

From his grandmother, he learned to respect fresh, authentic, ingredients and create the vibrant flavors that turned family dinners into celebrated events. Meanwhile, his restaurateur father - owner of Madeiras in Acapulco and Villa Fiore also in Acapulco - imparted lessons in service and restaurant management.

Sandoval, who was once a professional tennis player and had toured the world participating in prestigious matches, had such a passion for food that he decided to enroll in the Culinary Institute of America. Upon graduation, he gained the attention of New Yorkers with his contemporary French restaurants, Savann and Savann Est. Soon, though, he returned to his first love - the food of his childhood and in 1997 opened Maya, his flagship modern Mexican restaurant in New York.

During the past 18 years, Sandoval's career as a chef and restaurateur has evolved to include serving as a culinary consultant, television personality, cookbook author and brand ambassador. RS Hospitality is now a leading international restaurant group with over 45 concepts spanning Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Texas, New York, Virginia and Washington, D.C., as well as in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Mexico, Costa Rica, Tokyo, Qatar and Serbia. Restaurant Business named the company on their POWER 20 LIST in 2017.

With the broad range of restaurants in his portfolio, Chef Sandoval combines authentic Latin ingredients with international flavors and inventive techniques to create new and unexpected concepts and cuisines such as modern and coastal Mexican, Latin-Asian, Peruvian and Pan-Latin.

Sandoval has developed menus for American Airlines First Class cabin, as well as many of the world's leading hotels. He is equally passionate about tequila and has curated one of the largest collections in North America and the Middle East and aspires to educate diners on their quality and diversity. 

When not cooking, Sandoval is passionate about training the chefs of the future. He supports their growth on the Board of Trustees at his alma ma­­ter, the Culinary Institute of America and has recently received an honorary doctorate from Johnson and Wales. For his work, he has been awarded Mexico's National Toque d'Oro 2003, Bon Appétit Restaurateur of the Year 2006 and Cordon d'Or Restaurateur of the Year 2012 and various other awards for his restaurants around the globe.

 

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awards & press


RECENT awards

2018

BEST LATIN AMERICAN RESTAURANT IN DOHA
Toro Toro Doha - Fact Qatar Dining Awards

BEST SOUTH EAST ASIAN RESTAURANT IN DOHA
Zengo Doha - Fact Qatar Dining Awards

2017

BEST LATIN AMERICAN RESTAURANT
Toro Toro Dubai - Time Out Restaurant Awards

BEST NEW RESTAURANT
Toro Toro Dubai - Time Out Restaurant Awards

RICHARD SANDOVAL RESTAURANTS
On Restaurant Business' Power 20 List

BEST LATIN AMERICAN RESTAURANT IN DOHA
Toro Toro Doha - On Restaurant Business' Power 20 List

BEST LATIN AMERICAN RESTAURANT
Toro Toro Doha - Time Out Doha Restaurant Awards

BEST NEWCOMER RESTAURANT
Zengo Doha - Time Out Doha Restaurant Awards

2016

BEST RESTAURANT LOUNGE
Z Lounge Doha - Fact Qatar Dining Awards

BEST RESTAURANT OVER ALL
& BEST RESTAURANT - LATIN AMERICAN

Toro Toro Doha - Fact Qatar Dining Awards

BEST SOUTH AMERICAN RESTAURANT IN THE GCC
Toro Toro Dubai - GCC Food and Travel Awards

BEST BRUNCH
Toro Toro Dubai - Time Out Restaurant Awards

BEST AMERICAN RESTAURANT
Toro Toro Dubai - Time Out Restaurant Awards

BEST LATIN AMERICAN RESTAURANT
Toro Toro Doha - Time Out Doha Restaurant Awards

RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR
Toro Toro Doha - Face Qatar Dining Awards

2015

HONORARY DOCTOR OF CULINARY ARTS
Johnson & Wales University

BEST BRUNCHES IN DENVER
Tamayo - USA Today

2014

NAMED THE "KING OF LATIN FUSION"
by Modern Luxury Magazine

2013

TORO LATIN GASTROBAR NAMED "BEST RESTAURANT IN SERBIA"
Tripadvisor

RSR NAMED 25 COOLEST MULTI-CONCEPT COMPANIES
by Restaurant Hospitality

RICHARD SANDOVAL NAMED "ON PREMISE PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2013”
by Market Watch

EL CENTRO D.G. "BEST LATIN AMERICAN CUISINE"
Washingtonian Magazine

RECENT press

2018

LUXURY TRAVEL MAGAZINE
May 2018

OBVIOUS MAGAZINE
May 2018

NBC - WASHINGTON, DC
May 2018

FOODIES WEST
May 2018

5280 MAGAZINE
May 2018

EATER ATLANTA
May 2018

EL UNIVERSAL
May 2018

MEN'S JOURNAL
April 2018

FOOD & WINE
April 2018

EATER DENVER
April 2018

SMARTER TRAVEL
April 2018

VAIL DAILY
April 2018

MEN'S JOURNAL
April 2018

ASPEN TIMES
March 2018

HOTEL NEWS MIDDLE EAST
March 2018

UAE's TOP CHEF
March 2018

WASHINGTONIAN
March 2018

CULTURE TRIP
March 2018

GOLF MAGAZINE
January 2018

5280 MAGAZINE
January 22, 2018

2017

OUT & ABOUT UAE
December 30, 2017

ELEVATION OUTDOORS MAGAZINE
December 26, 2017

BBC GOOD FOOD MAGAZINE
November 12, 2017

MEETINGS & CONVENTIONS MAGAZINE
November 3, 2017

THE CULTURED TRAVELER
November, 2017

THE NATIONAL
October 22, 2017

GREAT FOOD CLUB
October 19, 2017

WHAT'S ON ABU DHABI
October 16, 2017

CHICAGO BUSINESS
October 6, 2017

DINING OUT MAGAZINE
September 1, 2017

ESQUIRE
August 13, 2017

RESTAURANT BUSINESS POWER 20 LIST
July 25, 2017

NBC TODAY
May 5, 2017

EATER CHICAGO
March 23, 2017

MIAMI NEW TIMES
March 1, 2017