Studio Cafe Head Chef, Enrique Ontiveros, believes people should be able to eat for their own goals, beliefs, and lifestyle. He’s prepared various cuisines from grass-fed American hamburgers to gluten-free Italian cuisine and found his passion creating healthy options in locations where quality is non-negotiable. At Studiomix he leads a team of assistant chefs and mentors them through their journey making tasty plates that improve the way people feel. A constant learner, he’s currently taking courses in chemistry and biology to expand his knowledge beyond his customers’ taste buds to a deeper understanding of what lies beyond them. He’s an integral par of the Nutrition Team at Studiomix. We asked him a few questions to see what’s going on in Studio Cafe right now:
Why do you prepare healthy dishes at Studiomix?
Studiomix is great place to spend time! I’m happy to have the opportunity to do what I
enjoy. It’s very important to me to create food that tastes good, and the idea of operating a cafe within a gym presents the challenge of doing this while contributing to the core mission of the club: To energize, inspire, and get results. Everyone knows proper nutrition is a critical piece in daily health. I’m here to do my part in the café and help make good choices easy for all.
What is your favorite choice on the Studiocafe menu now?
Definitely the chicken wrap. For myself, I prefer brown rice and organic chicken breast
along with fresh greens, tomatoes, and a spicy Vietnamese sauce. I’ll add black beans sometimes or switch the rice to quinoa for a different texture and more protein. It’s a bit different depending on how I’m feeling, but I like to experiment week to week. See the whole menu here.
You’re very open to customizing each item you serve for each member. That’s got to be a lot of extra work!
It’s important to me to do this because each of us have different taste buds to some
degree, but have different needs for meals that are truly healthy as well. At Studiomix we’re supporting a wide range of people with different beliefs, goals, and digestive systems. To make Studio Cafe a truly unique place, I like it for members to let me know if they’re fasting for a period of time, have a desire to build muscle, or just can’t digest black beans right now. It takes more time to get to know each of our customers, but in my opinion it’s better than feeding everyone broccoli all of the time and telling them it’s good for them all of the time.
What flavors can someone expect to find coming out of the cafe?
The main flavor we have in the cafe is freshness. I’m likely to be chopping carrots for
your post-workout shake a few minutes before your coach ends a workout. The whole nutrition team at Studiomix agrees that food quality is the #1 factor in improving diets. We look for organic meats and locally-grown produce whenever possible. A few other tastes we have going are a basil pesto, my favorite sesame seed dressings, and a spicy Vietnamese hot sauce for wraps.
Studio Cafeis now open and serves healthy meals, shakes, coffee & snacks to Studiomix
members along with the public and our friends visiting AMC Theater who want to switch up the popcorn and candy on occasion. Click here to download the current cafe menu.