Adriana Urbina is a chef working with ICE.

Adriana Urbina


"Believe in yourself and be fearless in pursuit of what you set out to do. Free is the only way to live."


Adriana Urbina has become a prominent Venezuelan chef and human rights activist in New York City. Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, she studied at culinary schools in Venezuela and Paris before apprenticing at three-Michelin-starred Restaurante Martín Berasategui in Spain.

She gained experience in New York City at the likes of Rogue Tomate, Atera, Gabriel Kreuther, French Louie and Bakeri, before becoming an executive chef at Comodo in 2015 and De Maria in 2017. In 2013, Chef Adriana founded Tepuy Dining, through which she's consulted and hosted pop-up dinners to raise philanthropic funds for a variety of causes since. In 2019, she founded The Table, alongside the co-founder of the Women's March, to showcase women in food and beverage in New York City through dinners and events.

Chef Adriana is passionate about Venezuelan food, female empowerment and immigration issues and is experienced with recipe development, entrepreneurship, TV food competitions, private dining and innovation. She aims to inspire others to follow and achieve their dreams as she has, and has incredible international experiences to share with ICE students.


  • Instituto Culinario de Caracas, Venezuela, 2009-2011
  • Ecole de Cuisine Alain Ducasse, Paris, 2008
  • Lenôtre, Paris, 2008

Work History

  • Founder, The Table, 2019 to present
  • Chef and founder, Tepuy Dining, 2013 to present
  • Executive chef, De Maria, NYC, 2017-2018
  • Executive chef, Comodo, NYC, 2015-2016
  • Bakeri, NYC, 2016-2017
  • French Louie, NYC, 2016-2017
  • Gabriel Kreuther, NYC, 2014-2015
  • Atera, NYC, 2014
  • Rouge Tomate, NYC, 2011-2012
  • Martin Berasategui, Spain, 2009-2010
  • Alto, Venezuela, 2008-2009
  • Chef and owner, Cibus Catering, 2012-2014
  • Atar, Venezuela, 2009
  • Mokambo, Venezuela, 2009-2010

Awards and Accolades

  • Lingua Franca Extraordinary Women Awards, 2019
  • Three-time winner on "Chopped"

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