Addy Vargas-Salazar, Chef and Entrepreneur
Addy Vargas-Salazar was born in Rio San Juan, Dominican Republic. Growing up with entrepreneur parents Addy had a vision and a passion for the Culinary Arts and Fashion Design. She migrated to New York City at the age of 10 with her parents and four siblings. Working at a young age managing her parent’s factory she became inspired to become an entrepreneur herself. Her ambitions led her to one of the best schools in New York City, The High School of Fashion Industries where she studied fashion and marketing. Upon graduating in 1989 she took many jobs in the fashion business.
In 1999 Addy and her family arrived in the city of Waterbury, Connecticut to expand their business by opening La Cazuela Restaurant & Lounge. During this journey she received a diploma from the Center of Culinary Arts at New England Tech in 2007. Her love for cooking, reinventing and experimenting with several different types of spices led her to meet and be mentored by Jerry Reveron one of the world’s most renowned Chefs.
Addy wanted to expand her knowledge and horizons so she dedicated many years of dining out in New York City to learn about different cuisines and cultures. Having such great connections and experiences she has traveled to several countries in Latin America looking for potential for a new restaurant.
As a Certified Natural Health Professional, she developed a desire for a healthier life style for herself and others by opening her own natural health food store “A+A” in 2009 in Waterbury, Connecticut. Addy has also participated in community work with the International Warrior Women Ministry founded in the City of Gaspar Hernandez in the Dominican Republic. This Ministry empowers women who lack resources. She currently goes twice a year to the Dominican Republic on missions to work.
Presently Addy has her began a journey following her dreams of opening Mojo Nuevo Latino Cuisine. Mojo launched its soft opening on May 8th 2015. Addy’s dream, passion and love for the arts have become one and led her to opening the very first fine dining Latin restaurant in Waterbury, Connecticut. Mojo is a Latin Fusion restaurant consists of a mixture of an array of Latin America cuisine and all over the states. With the help of her family and her personal Chef Consultant Jerry Reveron her dream has become a reality . With hard work and many struggles Addy Vargas Salazar has become the first Latin Chef in Waterbury, Connecticut and will continue to help those in her community and strive for more success.
Leonel Mojica, Chef de Cuisine
Leonel Mojica was born January 23, 1975 in the Dominican Republic. In 2001 at the end of his studies in Industrial Engineering he emigrated to Barcelona, Spain where he studied gastronomy, developing his passion for cooking. Leo started its work in a restaurant called Cuatro Barros De Sigtes in Spain,
acquiring experience in Mediterranean cuisine and enough knowledge to
prepare more than fifteen different paellas and tapas.
By the year 2006 he arrived in Palma de Mallorca, Spain where he worked in Xelini a restaurant that specializes in a la carte services. He had the opportunity to change the structure of the a la carte menu completely. After this, Leo continued to expand his knowledge and culinary skills once again working for a restaurant called Nimos where he was the Executive Chef for all of the Paellas. He made approximately 800 individual services in one day, which was one of the biggest sales in record for this restaurant. Mr. Mojica was then made the Sous Chef because of his amazing knowledge and
experience with combinations of international foods and tapas.
Leo has now established himself in the United States and in April 13th, 2015 had the opportunity to work with Mojo Nuevo Latino Cuisine in Waterbury, Connecticut. He is now the Chef of Cuisine where he features his main dishes of paellas and a special tapas bar menu.