Seviche
ANTHONY LAMAS

Chef/Owner

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BIOGRAPHY

Anthony Lamas' Latin culinary roots run deep as he found his passion for food at a young age while working in his family's Spanish restaurant. Likewise, his mother's heirloom recipes sparked his interest in the cuisine of his Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage. By helping prepare meals on the family farm and participating in Future Farmers of America, Lamas was practicing the farm-to-table philosophy before it was a national movement. To pursue his dream of becoming a professional chef, Lamas trained with the San Diego Culinary Apprenticeship Program and worked with Jeff Tunks at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort. Under Tunks' tutelage, Lamas explored West Coast flavors and Pacific Rim recipes. Today he credits the acclaimed chef as his mentor.

In 1992, Lamas discovered Louisville, Kentucky as an emerging culinary destination and moved there with the dream of cooking with leading local talent while working toward opening his own restaurant. His style of cooking was unique to the area and in 2005 he opened Seviche to rave reviews. Early accolades included Lamas being named a "Top Chef to Watch" by Louisville Magazine and a "leader of the Latin food revolution" alongside chefs Douglas Rodriguez and Jose Garces by latina.com. Seviche has also consistently maintained a four-star rating from the Louisville Courier-Journal.

Lamas has also garnered significant national attention for Seviche. In 2014, he was one of sixteen chefs asked to take part in the James Beard Foundation’s fifth Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change. He has also cooked at the famed James Beard House six times, is a three-time James Beard Award semi-finalist and has participated in the James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner Series in Nashville, Saratoga and Asheville. John Mariani of Esquire said, "Seviche has emerged as one of America’s best and most innovative Nuevo Latino restaurants with plenty of the chef’s personality in every dish… If you have time for one meal in Louisville, make it Seviche."

Since then, Lamas has continued to garner significant national attention. In 2014, he was one of 16 chefs asked to take part in the James Beard Foundation's fifth Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change. He has also cooked at the famed James Beard House six times, is a three-time James Beard Award semi-finalist and has participated in the James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner Series in Nashville, Saratoga and Asheville. Seviche was also recently inducted into the Distinguished Restaurants of North America (DiRoNA) organization, a prestigious achievement. John Mariani of Esquire said, "Seviche has emerged as one of America's best and most innovative Nuevo Latino restaurants with plenty of the chef's personality in every dish… If you have time for one meal in Louisville, make it Seviche."

With his passionate nature and engaging personality, Lamas is a seasoned TV chef – he won on Food Networks' Extreme Chef, has appeared on the Cooking Channel's America's Best Bites and was featured in Back Home, a documentary by Diego Luna that explored his culinary connections to Mexico. Most recently, he competed on the debut episode of Food Network's Beat Bobby Flay and helped bring new life to struggling venues as a culinary expert on SPIKE TV's Bar Rescue. The New York Times, Garden & Gun, Southern Living, Bon Appétit and Wine Spectator have also highlighted Lamas' talent.


In addition to his commitment to "spicing up the South" with his Nuevo Latino cuisine, Lamas is dedicated to raising awareness of sustainable seafood practices. His efforts earned him a Seafood Ambassador Award at the 2011 Monterey Bay Aquarium Cooking for Solutions festival and Seviche is a restaurant partner in the Aquarium's Seafood Watch program. Lamas is extremely active on the food festival circuit and has participated in the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, the BB&T Charleston Wine and Food Festival, and the New York City Wine and Food Festival; he has also been a member of the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival advisory council since its start.


AWARDS

  • Restaurant of the Year Award of Excellence, American Culinary Federation
  • LEO Reader's Choice Awards 2014: Best Chef
  • LEO Reader's Choice Awards 2014: Best Restaurant
  • Eater Awards 2013: Restaurant of the Year
  • Culinary Expert - Spike TV Bar Rescue
  • Featured Chef, Breeders Cup Taste of the World 2011 and 2012
  • Featured Chef, Charleston Food and Wine Festival 2011
  • Named a “Leader of the Latin Food Revolution” by Latina.com
  • “Chef of the Year” Finalist-Chef Magazine
  • 2010, 2011 and 2012 James Beard Foundation Semifinalist-Best Chef Southeast
  • 2011 Food Network Extreme Chef winner
  • Featured Chef, Taste of Derby 2010, 2011 and 2012
  • Featured Chef, 2010 Alltech World Equestrian Games "Cookin' in the Bluegrass" Celebrity Chef Dinner Series
  • Featured Chef, Epcot International Food And Wine Festival 2011
  • Featured Chef, Atlanta Food and Wine Festival
  • 2011 Monterey Bay Aquarium Cooking for Solutions Award Winner, Sustainable Seafood Challenge and Seafood Ambassador
  • Louisville Magazine Best of Louisville Awards, 2006: Favorite Restaurant, Favorite New Restaurant, Best Appetizers
  • LEO Reader's Choice Awards 2010: Best Chef
  • LEO Reader's Choice Awards, 2006: Best Restaurant and Best New Restaurant
1538 BARDSTOWN ROAD - LOUISVILLE, KY 40205 502-473-8560