The Man Behind Puerto Rico’s Local Food Renaissance

October 23, 2015

Chef Jose Enrique grew up in a beachfront apartment in Puerto Rico, where he dusted sand off his feet before entering and frequently enjoyed 20-person meals home-cooked by his grandmother. Now, with Jose Enrique Restaurante, Miel, Capital, and other restaurants in San Juan and Vieques under his belt, he’s earned an avid following at home and on the mainland. Equipped with a flexible whiteboard menu and an obsession with fresh ingredients, Enrique’s putting a face to a movement that champions local eating and farming on an island flush with resorts and rainforests—but few restaurants serving Puerto Rican food.