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EXECUTIVE CHEF, LA MAR BY GASTON ACURIO

Chef Diego Oka was born and raised in Lima, Peru, one of the worlds' most diverse and eclectic culinary destinations. Blending personal experiences and a background of Japanese descent into his cuisine, Oka draws on influences ranging from his grandmother's cooking to the food he discovered while living in Mexico and Colombia. As Executive Chef of Mandarin Oriental, Miami's new restaurant, La Mar by Gaston Acurio, Oka focuses on iconic Peruvian cuisine such as cebiche, in addition to a number of lesser-known plates that showcase the multi-culturalism and biodiversity of the country. Oka received his degree in Culinary Studies from the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola in 2001. While attending courses, Oka accepted an internship at celebrity chef Gaston Acurio's Astrid&Gaston restaurant, a world-class establishment located in Lima that is ranked on the San Pellegrino "50 World's Best Restaurants" list. This opportunity blossomed into a long-term professional relationship with Acurio Restaurantes continuing to present day. Before joining La Mar in Miami, Oka served as executive chef at other La Mar locations, starting with the original Lima restaurant in 2005 and followed by Bogota, Colombia and San Francisco, CA, among other cities. While in San Francisco, Oka was named the winner of 7x7 Magazine's "Your City Your Chef" 2013 competition. Now at the helm of Mandarin Oriental's La Mar by Gaston Acurio, Oka is dedicated to sharing the flavors and culture of Peru with Miami, serving authentic Peruvian dishes and cocktails in an approachable, casual and colorful downtown setting. This fresh and vibrant new restaurant was created specifically for Miami with the city's residents and their tastes in mind.

EXECUTIVE CHEF, LA MAR BY GASTON ACURIO

Chef Diego Oka was born and raised in Lima, Peru, one of the worlds' most diverse and eclectic culinary destinations. Blending personal experiences and a background of Japanese descent into his cuisine, Oka draws on influences ranging from his grandmother's cooking to the food he discovered while living in Mexico and Colombia. As Executive Chef of Mandarin Oriental, Miami's new restaurant, La Mar by Gaston Acurio, Oka focuses on iconic Peruvian cuisine such as cebiche, in addition to a number of lesser-known plates that showcase the multi-culturalism and biodiversity of the country. Oka received his degree in Culinary Studies from the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola in 2001. While attending courses, Oka accepted an internship at celebrity chef Gaston Acurio's Astrid&Gaston restaurant, a world-class establishment located in Lima that is ranked on the San Pellegrino "50 World's Best Restaurants" list. This opportunity blossomed into a long-term professional relationship with Acurio Restaurantes continuing to present day. Before joining La Mar in Miami, Oka served as executive chef at other La Mar locations, starting with the original Lima restaurant in 2005 and followed by Bogota, Colombia and San Francisco, CA, among other cities. While in San Francisco, Oka was named the winner of 7x7 Magazine's "Your City Your Chef" 2013 competition. Now at the helm of Mandarin Oriental's La Mar by Gaston Acurio, Oka is dedicated to sharing the flavors and culture of Peru with Miami, serving authentic Peruvian dishes and cocktails in an approachable, casual and colorful downtown setting. This fresh and vibrant new restaurant was created specifically for Miami with the city's residents and their tastes in mind.