2023 Rockstars Honoree: Gino Pérez-Ferrari

Meet Gino Pérez-Ferrari, Owner and Culinary Director of AQUI Bar & Kitchens

Chef Pérez-Ferrari is the owner and culinary director of AQUI Bar & Kitchens in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Featuring a unique menu comprising Mexican, Asian, and Middle Eastern cuisine, his trendy restaurant offers eat-in and take-out options, including brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, a full bar, and indoor and outdoor seating seven days per week. The restaurant’s three styles of cuisine include Asian Fusion, Mediterranean Grill and Mamitas Calle Taco, named for “Mamita,” his children’s nickname for their mother. A successful restauranteur who has been in the industry for years, Chef Pérez-Ferrari is proud to have opened restaurants around the globe, in such disparate countries as Georgia, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Ireland, Qatar, Bahrain, Dammam, Jeddah and his home country of Puerto Rico. Now, as the owner of AQUI, Chef Pérez-Ferrari combines all he has learned to create the perfect setting and menu, bringing together multiple cultures at one unique destination. Among Chef Pérez-Ferrari’s future endeavors, he aspires to build a similar concept and become a restaurant group. Proud of achieving his professional goals, he aims to become much more well-known and inspire others in the industry. Chef Pérez-Ferrari credits his success thus far to building a dedicated team that supports his mission and is equally passionate about the field.