Eileen Andrade

Eileen Andrade grew up in the kitchen working alongside experienced chefs and her grandfather whom started their family business back in Cuba. After coming to Miami and opening one of the city’s most well known Cuban restaurants since 1977, Islas Canarias, Eileen’s grandfather paved the way for his children and grandchildren to continue his culinary legacy. At an early age, Eileen showed interest in everything creative. Mixing cuisines and reinventing traditional dishes that her grandfather brought from his homeland has always been a passion of hers. In 2011, Eileen opened up her first business, CUBANCUBE foodtruck. The foodtruck was an instant success on the streets and at large scale caterings. CUBANCUBE’S popularity showed how Miami’s food scene was lacking a real twist on traditional Latin cuisine. Steamed Asian buns stuffed with their famous ?Croquetas de Jamon? topped with avocado, maple bacon sauce, fried shallots, and chives was one of their top sellers. Now, you can find similar twists on classics at Eileen’s newest project, FINKA TABLE & TAP. Eileen opened FINKA TABLE & TAP in July of 2014. Her focus on Cuban, Peruvian and Korean cuisines draws thousands of people a week through the rustic doors of FINKA. Her eclectic food menu mixed with craft cocktails using homemade syrups make for a
different experience in the suburbs of West Kendall in Miami. With new ideas and projects coming soon, this is only the beginning for this 26 year old’s career.

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What is your earliest memory involving food or wine? Cooking Fricase de Pollo with my grandmother. It was a weekly ritual with her growing up. My favorite SOBEWFF® memory is: My first year at SOBEWFF I was dishing food out of my foodtruck, CubanCube. We did a slow roasted Masita de Puerto over a Black Bean Puree which was delicious. I remember looking up at one point and I couldn't see the end of the line. I thought we were never going to finish serving, but when we did, it was the greatest feeling in the world to have so many people wanting seconds and complimenting our dish. Another charity/non-profit cause important to me is: No Kid Hungry & Jamie's Rescue If I could collaborate with anyone in the world on a project, it would be: Meryl Streep. I am not sure if she cooks, but I would love to cook for her and chat. I never leave home without my: I never leave home without my WATCH...even though I am always late.