Senses In Sucrose

Book signing session & art show with Roberto Cortez

On Thursday April 27, The Art Avenue Gallery hosted Senses in Sucrose, a book signing session and art exhibition with internationally renown chef and artists Roberto Cortez.

He left El Paso in the mid 80s, and now more than 30 years later he’s back—the world-famous chef will now add author and painter to his list of accomplishments.  

The Art Avenue Gallery was on hand when Cortez received his shipment of books, Senses in Sucrose—which Cortez emphasizes, “is not a cook book but a culinary artistic book.” The publication takes unfathomably decadent desserts and transforms them onto 200 pages of photography, marrying pastries to emotions. Cortez created 12 uniquely captivating and intoxicating desserts based on 12 different complex emotions.  

“This is such an incredible opportunity for me. This project started in London seven years ago and has taken me back and forth across the world, creating desserts for this book while working as a private chef for people around the world,” said Cortez. “Many of my friends in the industry were telling me, ‘You have to create a book, Roberto,’ so I did. Now I see the finished product and it’s bad ass.”

Cortez has worked as a celebrity chef for 19 years cooking for big wigs and stars like co-founder of Microsoft Paul Allen and movie stars Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith. Just recently, work has drawn Cortez back to El Paso and allowed him to complete his premier culinary book and art exhibition.

“This is a huge nod for El Paso to have Chef Roberto Cortez as part of this core community, and even greater that he kicks off his international book tour in our very own gallery.  He will create two of the desserts from the book that guests will be able to sample,” said The Art Avenue Gallery owner Kimberly Rene’ Vanecek.

The Art Avenue Gallery will host Cortez’ premiere book signing and first art exhibit, Senses in Sucrose, on Thursday, April 27 at 6:00 p.m.  Books, original works of art and prints will be available for purchase that evening. 

Senses in Sucrose, both art exhibition and book, will be on display at the gallery through May.

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