Osvaldo Avila

Osvaldo Avila was born in Havana, Cuba in 1974. In 1995, he graduated from Sergio Perez College from the Technical Culinary Arts Program. Following his graduation, he proceeded to work at such renowned places as the Hotel Meliá Cohíba, Morro Cabaña Resort, and the Tocororo Restaurant where he honed his culinary skills and expertise in various international cuisines.

In 1998 he was presented with the opportunity of travelling to Spain where he attended the University of Saint Paul de Mar for post-graduate courses.  His academic travels continued onward to Niagara College in Canada and then to the University of Mexico in Mexico City.  Upon his return to Cuba, Osvaldo trained in the Japanese Embassy in Havana.  During this time, he also cooked for various international personalities such as former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.

In 2002, he came to Canada and since then has become a Canadian citizen.  He started his career in Canada at Casino Niagara and the Fallsview Casino and Resort since its opening in 2004.  In 2009 Osvaldo’s join to the Benchmark restaurant at Niagara College as a sous chef and a Chef Professor as well. Osvaldo’s flair for bringing the creative aspect to the culinary arts continues to flourish as he introduces the North American culture to the warmth and passion of Cuban cuisine.

Osvaldo’s has a Bachelor’s Degree, Hotel and Restaurant Management and a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Concentration – Strategic Management. In addition, Osvaldo’s has a Red Seal certification. As a Niagara College Chef Professor and active member of the community he shares his passion about food with students, friends, chefs and always learning from farmers.