Llama’s brings authentic Peruvian flavors to the streets of Austin with delectable dishes from Chef Julio-Cesar Florez. Featuring traditional Peruvian pepper sauces of Lima and the Central Coast, Llama’s top quality, homemade dishes are always a hit.
As a native of Peru, owner Miguel Barrutia longed for the delicious cuisine so much that he had to open a place of his own. Drawing from the amazing dishes his mother, aunt and grandmother served up daily at home, Miguel is pleased to keep up a proud culinary tradition in Austin.
About Chef Julio
Growing up in Lima, Peru, Julio-Cesar Florez started cooking when he cracked his first egg at the age of five. Now, as Executive Chef at Llama’s Peruvian Creole, Florez is bringing the fare of his native country to the streets of downtown Austin.
A graduate of the Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts Program from the Texas Culinary Academy, Florez is the former Executive Chef of the well-regarded La Sombra Bar & Grill where he was the first to bring Peruvian flavors and preparations to Austin. For the past ten years he has supplemented his experience in industry kitchens with an apprenticeship at Michelin star awarded restaurant WD50 in New York and special training sessions at The French Culinary Institute.
“Peruvians are born to cook,” claims Florez whose current menu focuses on traditional Peruvian dishes such as Lomo Saltado and Papas a la Huancaina. However, Llama’s, a food trailer offering lunch, dinner and late night service, also includes Florez’ popular Peruvian sandwiches which bring together traditional combinations.
Florez looks forward to expanding Llama’s to include a brick and mortar location and additional mobile units. “Austin is a great food town and I’m looking forward to being able to showcase new offerings,” said Florez.