2022 Chef Showcase

Chef Johnny Alarcon Ruiz

Saturday, April 2nd & Sunday, April 3rd

1:00 – 2:00 PM

A native of Lima, Peru, Johnny Alarcon Ruiz was destined to communicate his passions, through the language of fine cuisine. Coming from a family of food-lovers within the culinary rich country of Peru, set him on course to hone his culinary skill at the prestigious Laureate International University. There, he was certified with the “Seal of the Blue Cord”.

Emigrating to the dynamic country of Panama heightened his inspiration and brought opportunity as he was hand chosen to oversee the food and beverage program at the most luxurious casino in Central America, the Ocean Sun Casino.

He later opened four restaurants, with the highlight being the “Panaviera”, an acclaimed high- end fine dining restaurant in the Trump Hotel. Panaviera is also known as the “Highest Restaurant in Panama” as it sits on the 66th floor of the Trump International Hotel & Tower Panama.

During his time in Panama, Chef Johnny was a professor at prestigious universities including Ganexa Art University, Panama Hotel School, and his alma mater, Laureate International University.

He now resides in South Florida as the head Chef at The Casino @ Dania Beach.

Chef Findler Charles

Chef Fin

Saturday, April 2nd & Sunday, April 3rd

2:30 – 3:30 PM

Chef Fin’s Kitchen is bringing a new twist to original Haitian cuisine. Sharing creative dishes and unique flavors, he also specializes in various Caribbean and Latin American recipes.

According to Chef Fin, “My interest in being a Chef began at the age of 19. While working in the food and beverage industry I noticed that I had a passion for cooking. Coming from a Haitian family I always watched and helped my mother in the kitchen preparing dinner for us. That’s when I learned more about the flavors of the Haitian Culture. Eleven years later I decided open Fin’s Kitchen food truck. Founded in 2019 I have been cooking for amazing people and sharing my twist on the traditional flavors. My menu integrates the love for my passion with a deep appreciation for great food. I incorporate various methods, aromas and tastes for a truly unique experience”.

Chef Darrel Johnson

Saturday, April 2nd

4:00 – 5:00 PM

Chef Darrel Johnson is a culinary school grad and a 25 year vet of Food Industry. His passion for cooking started at an early age. His

inspiration came from his Great Grandmother who was “the best Chef he’s ever known”.

Chef Darrell has appeared on Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen and is season 10’s winner of Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race.

Chef Johnson has also competed in the Louisiana Food Prize and the World Food Championships Chef is a native New Oreleanian who’s food is true to his city and it’s culture. Our Chef believes that “Food is an art…. And should be treated as such”.

Chef Mark Cameron

Sunday, April 3rd

4:00 – 5:00 PM

Mark Cameron is an Artist, who’s early education started at Jamaica College, from 1973 to 1979, the Jamaica School of Art, and the school of Visual Arts in New York, after he migrated

Mark Cameron is known internationally, as an abstract artist, but is also well known for his landscape art, and impressionistic pieces that defines the kind of artist he happens to be.

Mark Cameron is also the former owner and operator of the San Diego Based Caribbean grill from 2001 to 2015, and manufactured his own brand of seasonings, that found their way into over four hundred stores across America.

Mark’s international culinary background includes his fusion of Cajun, Vegan, and Jamaican dishes, that stimulates your palate, as well as your mind, with his emphasis on healthy, and tasty dining, that landed him cooking spots on FOX, NBC, and CBS and the reggae Sunsplash north American tour.

Mark Cameron is also very involved in building restaurants, such as the Avocado Vegan Café restaurant, in Deluth Atlanta 2013, the Dukunoo Jamaica Kitchen in Wynwood Miami, 2018 and recently Woodstock Negril, where he implemented procedures in promoting healthy dining, as well as conductng several workshops with the Women’s Resource center in Oceanside California, and the NAACP.

Mark Cameron presently operates a catering company, called Mark’s Chill Grill out of Plantation acres, and recently did the launch fundraiser for Florida’s candidate for Governor Andrew Gillum.

Chef Dherlie Guirand

Saturday, April 2nd & Sunday, April 3rd

11:30 – 12:30 PM

Dherlie Guirand is a culinary Chef and Founder and CEO of Kiskeya Farm. As a certified culinary chef, she brings her Caribbean style cooking to every event that she caters, from celebrities to families. Chef Dherlie recently had the pleasure to cater and serve up her exquisite Caribbean/Haitian cuisine at a private party hosted by Miami-based New England Patriot’s star running back Sony Michel, who scored the only touchdown of Super Bowl 2019.

In addition to creating exciting meals, Chef Dherlie founded Kiskeya Farm,  a company that distributes authentic Haitian inspired condiments. She is passionate about creating rich flavors from the Caribbean and desires to share them with the rest of the world. Her Kiskeya Farm Pikliz, which is a staple topping for most dishes, is currently distributed in 35 supermarkets across South Florida. Her goal is for Kiskeya Farm products to reach supermarket chains internationally. Chef Dherlie is also a woman of faith who serves her community relentlessly through her passion for food.

Thank you to everyone who supported the return of the 2022 Dania Beach Arts & Seafood Celebration.

You can find our photos from this years event here