Kitchen Inquisition: Chef Alex Martinez
Proving that Espanola Way is more than the name, Drexel Irish Pub is adding its own unique flavor. Nestled at the corner of Drexel Avenue, this promising local favorite offers Miamians authentic Irish cuisine and a bar to match.
Executive chef Alex Martinez is leading the kitchen, bringing locals his best Irish Stew and an attitude to match. Along with a love for calm cooking, a passion for music makes Martinez a man of two worlds. Though you can't watch his best performance in kitchen, you may find Martinez playing guitar at another local venue.
What do you do best?
Everyone says my soups and my sauces are really good. I come up with a lot of different soups. I like to put in a lot of strong flavors. For instance, if ginger is in the soup than I make sure you taste the ginger. I like to make sure all the flavors are really pronounced.
When did you know you were destined to be a chef?
I always cooked with my mother. When I was in high school I took “home ec.” That was a popular class for dudes to take. I cooked with my grandmother and mother all the time so I was always in the kitchen. Then when I started looking for jobs after high school I found work in kitchens. From there it progressed. It just kind of worked out that way.