Chef Torres' love of food began at a very early age. He was raised in the Bronx, New York, by his mother and grandmother who love cooking, especially traditional Latin cuisine. After moving to the Philadelphia area in 1996, Chef Torres attended The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College and graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts.
Following formal education, Chef Torres worked at a number of restaurants in the Philadelphia area and in all positions; working himself up from dishwasher to executive chef. Chef Torres worked for and with well-known, respected and successful Philadelphia restaurateurs and chefs such as Stephen Starr, Douglas Rodrigues and Jose Garces.
Chef Torres began his first sous chef position in 2000 in the Old City district of Philadelphia. From that point his career took off as he became a sought after chef in several prominent Philadelphia restaurants offering American, Asian and Latin concepts including El Vez, Alma de Cuba and Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar.
After over ten years of working in the traditional restaurant industry, Chef Torres chose to make a move into the corporate hospitality environment. In 2008, Chef Torres became executive sous chef at the Pyramid Club in Philadelphia. While at the Pyramid Club, Chef Torres grew his reputation and network.
In 2013, while working at the Pyramid Club, Chef Torres appeared on the Food Network program “Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell” where he competed against three other chefs for a job at an established Latin restaurant in New York City, Victor's Cafe. Ultimately, Chef Torres decided to decline the position and pursue his long term dream of creating his own company, now known as Coa Catering.