Carlos Madriz, a native of Venezuela, left home at age 21 for Vienna. He went to Paris thereafter, with the intention of to gaining some short-term hospitality experience and learning French…and has been here ever since.
Always part of the hospitality industry, he has worked in both small-scale three-star hotels and big-time five-star establishments, with tasks as diverse as housekeeping, cooking, and accounting. Prior to Quixotic, he was head bartender in a small luxury hotel in the 6th arrondissement, where he cemented his taste for using the best products available. His passion and work are one: “I prefer to go visit a food market than a museum,” he says.
Today, as Operations Manager, his job encompasses diverse aspects of the industry: dealing with providers for pricing, dreaming up new cocktail recipes, designing new bars, and the occasional jet-setting jaunt to an international cocktail competition.
He enjoys the multiculturalism of Paris – like his Serbian street in the 18th arrondissement, often closed to traffic for block parties, and located just a stone’s throw from an African market with great products. He loves multiculturalism on the plate too, especially savoring the city’s Japanese, Indian, and Korean offerings.
A native Spanish-speaker, he still has an accent in French (“that I hope I will never lose”), and he also speaks English, Italian, and some German.
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