Kelvin Spinosa is one of the many faces of Cuban acting who left Cuba to find a better life and is now successful in the United States as a chef.
Espinosa’s social media shows the before and after of each dish, revealing his ability to transform ingredients into culinary masterpieces. Although his current publications are flooded with culinary delights, he occasionally nods to his acting days, recalling iconic roles and his golden years in Cuban theater.
The artist, born in 1982 in Rodas, Cienfuegos, decided to emigrate to the United States to find a better future for his daughter, and over time, he discovered a culinary passion that led him to invent -also in his professional career.
At the age of 14, he went to Havana to study at the National School of Art (ENA), a great challenge for a village boy, but it was a time of learning and one that he thoroughly enjoyed.
Although his first steps were in the theater, he later started on television in a cooking program on the Educational Channel interviewing a chef, and there he caught the culinary bug.
In fact, his television debut was in a cooking show on the Educational Channel, where he interviewed chefs. It was in that situation that his interest in gastronomy was awakened. However, his acting career continued to be consolidated with roles such as Behind the Trace and, later, his starring role as Néstor in The Hidden Face of the Moon.
The decision to leave Cuba was not easy. “I never want to leave Cuba (…) until I have my daughter,” Espinosa confessed in a previous interview. The need to provide a better future for his daughter led him to migrate to Miami, with his ex-wife, his daughter, and the little girl’s grandmother, leaving his family behind.
Despite his background in acting, his beginnings in the United States were far from the stage. He worked in a cement factory, warehouses, and even felled trees in New Mexico. But with determination, she found a second passion in cooking.