Born in Medellín, Colombia, Salazar immigrated with his family to the United States when he was four years old. Growing up in the Big Apple, he became smitten with the restaurant world. Salazar enrolled in the New York Restaurant School and cut his culinary teeth working at consequential restaurants owned by chefs such as Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Geoffrey Zakarian, and Thomas Keller.
The open wood-burning fireplace stands tall, presiding over the kitchen at Metropole restaurant. The fireplace is the diva of the cooking line, ready to reward the deserving cook with exquisite flavors but also keen to test the crew with her temperament. Her demands for oxygen, moisture, and wood are particular and must be delivered just so, or there will be no culinary performance to rave about. Jared Bennett stands before the fireplace, confident that he has mastered the workings of this relationship. He knows how to get sexy food out of this fiery, old-world temptress.