Sam Gorenstein's Leap of Faith Has Paid Off at My Ceviche

Sam Gorenstein began with breakfast. As a kid in Barranquilla, Colombia, the chef and owner of My Ceviche would step into the kitchen every weekend morning and cook omelets and frittatas for his entire family. "From the moment I was tall enough to reach the knobs on the stove, I started playing around with cooking," says Gorenstein, now 29 years old.

At 14, his family relocated to Miami. When he graduated from high school, he enrolled in the business program at Florida International University. But a few weeks in, he dropped out. "It wasn't the right move for me," he says. The chef switched business for cooking and attended culinary school at Johnson & Wales University in North Miami.

The move launched a pattern of risk-taking for the gentle, sable-haired chef. And these precarious decisions are precisely what would hurl him to success.

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Emily Codik