In The Kitchen with Axel Rios-Bonilla

Following up on recent press for our client April’s Pie Company, today we present Part II: an interview with the company’s chef and owner, Axel Rios-Bonilla. The article is from’s Southwest Florida publication, and ran on Tuesday. Enjoy!

In the kitchen with Axel Rios-Bonilla, chef/owner of April’s Pie Company

5:26 PM, Apr. 24, 2012

Axel Rios-Bonilla is the chef and owner of April’s Pie Company in downtown Fort Myers. / Annabelle Tometich/

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Rios-Bonilla bought April’s with his wife, Carolina, last year. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and baked goods from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday to Friday at 2269 First St., downtown Fort Myers. Call 337-4004 or visit
Age: 26
Birth place: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Culinary training: Culinary Arts Bachelors, The Culinary Institute of America. Trained under renowned chefs Dayn Smith and Marisoll Hernandez.
Former gigs: Director of outlets, Hyatt Hotels, Miami
Cooking specialty: Fusion, Latin-Asian
Inspirations: My grandmothers, Julia Child
Favorite cuisine to eat: Latin
Favorite food destination: Colombia. They have amazing food, extremely fresh ingredients, simple and refined cuisine.
Favorite seasoning: Salt, what would the world be without salt?
Things you can’t get through the day without: Food! And my wife, Carolina.
Do you play music in the kitchen? Yes. I have Pandora’s help. Today’s Hits, David Guetta, DJ Tiesto, Buena Vista Social Club, Calle 13, Tchaikovsky and Soda Stereo, a little bit of everything!!!
Favorite quick meal: Corned beef from a can with white rice. I know it’s a weird, childhood memory that I can’t shake.
Cooking gods: Charlie Trotter, my grandmothers and Marisoll Hernandez
Guilty food pleasure: Pork, anything and all things pork.
Food aversion you can’t get over: Okra and saffron
What would be your last meal? Fried pork with mofongo (smashed plantains) and a Medalla Light (Puerto Rican beer). Apple-pecan crumb pie with vanilla-bean ice cream.
What did you eat for breakfast today? I usually skip breakfast.
Most interesting thing in your home fridge right now: Black truffles
What are your plans for dinner tonight? Home-made ceviche with Peruvian corn and wine.
Hobbies: I am actually a big movie buff.
Dream vacation: Culinary tour through France, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Thailand and Argentina
Oddest thing you’ve eaten, and did you enjoy it? Atta Laevigata (leaf-cutter ants harvested in Colombia and Paraguay), actually yes. It was somewhat nutty.
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