MEET PAUL MENTA
As a culinary gangster and avid kiteboarder, Paul's passion for the ocean infuses every aspect of our brand. Drawing inspiration from his Sicilian and Italian heritage and his extensive travels across Europe, Latin America, and the United States, he has crafted a unique culinary philosophy that blends tradition with innovation.
Food, drink, ocean. It's not just Paul's motto - it's his way of life.
Paul's Mission: Create The
Paul kicked off a culinary revolution by blending cooking skills with distillation mastery. The goal? Create fresh flavor profiles that excite the senses and challenge the norm. With an unwavering commitment to quality and a relentless pursuit of perfection, we aim to inspire our customers to embrace the unexpected and unleash their inner rule-breaker.
Paul opened several Key West eateries, including Cuban Coffee Queen & Amigos Tortilla Bar!
Chef Paul's Key West
Paul's journey, from his culinary beginnings in Philadelphia to his time studying with local chefs in Spain and France, has laid the foundation for everything he brings to Key West. Not only has he opened some of the city's most successful restaurants, but he's also masterfully translated his culinary expertise into the art of crafting the best rum and sauces that delight the senses and pay homage to the rich culture of the Conch Republic.
Paul has kitesurfed from Key West to Cuba and pursued his sport in places as extreme as a lake beside three Guatemalan volcanoes at an elevation of 10,000 feet.
It's All About The
Paul's deep affection for the Cuban people, their cuisine, and their vibrant culture has long lured him to the idea of crossing the narrow ninety-mile straits from Key West to Cuba. Upon discovering that former Key West Mayor, Sonny McCoy, had already waterskied across those very waters, it became clear to Paul that his destiny was to become Key West's No. 1 kiteboarder and make this journey a reality.
Paul set the Guinness Record for Fastest Kite-Surfing From Key West to Cuba