Shanghai 'babies on the menu
By Maggie Lu
EDUARDO Vargas, 33, hopes that his new business, the Azul Tapas Lounge & Viva New World Cuisine, will be successful in the coming year and he can lose some weight.
Originally from Peru, Vargas arrived in Shanghai in 2002. Before he opened his own Azul Tapas, he had worked as consultant in two other chic and popular restaurants - Che Tapas & Grill in Xintiandi and Mexico Lindo.
He said starting three restaurants in a totally strange city was like having your first baby - "Everything is new".
However, he has gradually got used to life in Shanghai and hoped to stay in the city for decades. He has plans to open more of his own restaurants in Shanghai.
As the son of a Peruvian diplomat, Vargas has been greatly influenced by Asian culture. He grew up in Japan and spent six years in Singapore.
Having two diplomas in business administration and in food and beverage management, Vargas actually started to learn his cooking skills while doing a part-time job in a restaurant during his college years.
After that, he has been sous and executive chef in restaurants around the world, including the US, Canada, the Seychelles Islands and Spain. His culinary specialities are not only Latin but also international.