Click to enlargeAnthony Lamas of Seviche

Anthony Lamas’s roots in the Latin culinary tradition run deep. He discovered his passion for food while working in his family’s restaurant as a child. His mother’s recipes sparked his interest in the cuisine of his Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage. By helping to 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 catch-phrase.

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 while developing Pacific Rim recipes, and 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 to opening his own restaurant. In 2005, Seviche opened.

Seviche too has garnered significant national attention. In 2009, Seviche was named one of ten great places for Latin flavor and flair by USA Today. He’s also been featured at the the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, the BB&T Charleston Wine and Food Festival, and the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival.

Lamas has cooked at the James Beard House six times, and he was honored as a semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef: Southeast award in 2010, 2011 and 2012. In 2012, Lamas was featured as a Chef magazine “Chef of the Year” finalist.

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. Also, he has participated in the James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner Series in Nashville, Saratoga and Asheville.

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 produced 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. Southern Living, Food Arts, Bon Appétit and Wine Spectator have also highlighted Lamas’ talent.

Seviche ... 1538 Bardstown Road, Louisville, Ky. phone: 502-473-8560

(In the photo Chef Anthony Lamas with Nancy Newsom Mahaffey during a visit to Newsom's Old Mill Store and the ham houses)