Originally from El Salvador, Eli and his family relocated to Long Island when he was 8 years old. His grew up in the kitchen with his mother and grandmother and learned to love food and cooking from a young age. His family would often host large dinner parties and family gatherings and it was these experiences that made him realize the bonds that are formed over the dinner table. Knowing he wanted a future as a professional chef, Eli got a job as a line cook at a local country club while still in high school. After high school he attended the Lincoln Culinary institute in Hartford, Connecticut and after graduating in 2011 he moved to NYC where he lived for 5 years, working for several chefs that taught him the value of producing sustainable and local cuisine. In 2015, Eli moved to North Carolina in search of a quieter and more comfortable way of life. He originally moved to Wilmington before relocating to Raleigh and joining our team here at so•ca.