Alpareno Restaurant Group
A pursuit for knowledge is the driving force behind Chef Niven’s career. Niven earned his stripes at 3030 Ocean Restaurant at the Harbor Beach Resort and Spa in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He then traveled to Italy for six months to further improve his culinary talent, returning to the U.S. to be a part of various restaurants such as Watertable at the Renaissance Baltimore, Atlantic’s Edge at four-diamond resort Cheeca Lodge & Spa in Islamorada, Florida, The Brasserie in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands and Michaels Genuine in the Design District, Miami. While honing his craft, Chef Niven had the opportunity to experience the farm-to-table renaissance happening at each location.
Working closely with farmers and purveyors, Chef Niven developed a deeper appreciation for the product coming into these restaurants. He began cultivating greens, fruits and vegetables on his farm, Rancho Patel, which are used in all of his South Florida Restaurant Concepts: Ghee Indian Kitchen, Mamey, and Orno.
Chef Niven Patel is a 3x James Beard Award nominee and was named one of Food & Wine Magazine’s Top 10 Best New Chefs of 2020. While his restaurants serve a selection of cuisine from various regions, his inspiration is consistently focused on showcasing fresh, seasonal produce that is sourced locally. When he’s not at the helm of his restaurant kitchens, he and his business partner, Mohamed Alkassar, are working on growing Alpareno Restaurant Group. Chef Niven and Mohamed are passionate about empowering restaurant workers through camaraderie and teamwork – they both work together to create a community within their restaurants that translates to the local area.