Rodney Murillo, Culinary Director of Davio’s Restaurants & Avila, hails from Costa Rica. As a young adult, Murillo relocated to Boston, MA to pursue his interest in the culinary arts. Not yet fluent in English at the time he moved to the United States, Murillo overcame this barrier while learning everything he could about the art of cooking. Murillo’s fascination with food started early. Growing up on a farm in Costa Rica, he gained an appreciation for every aspect of food preparation. Murillo remembers that all meals prepared by his family used only the freshest ingredients, a tradition he strives to maintain at the restaurants to this day.
Murillo’s talent and dedication allowed him to quickly rise through the ranks to Chef of Davio’s Restaurant. As the company grew, Murillo was promoted to Culinary Director, overseeing all of the Davio’s kitchens. Murillo has had the opportunity to work alongside some of the most prestigious chefs, including apprenticeships at Pasion in Philadelphia and Daniel in New York City.
In furtherance of his career, he has traveled to Portugal, Spain and France where he was able to be inspired by the food and culture each country, which included dining at several of Europe’s Michelin star restaurants. In 2009, Murillo was invited to cook at the James Beard house, which he considers a huge honor. He takes great pride in being a self-taught chef and working with many of the same people who have nurtured him through his years at Davio’s.
Murillo lives in Boston with his wife, Audrey, and his two children, Joaquin and Lola.
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