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From Olympic swimmer to international model and now returning to his Peruvian culinary roots, Franco Noriega has talent (and looks) by the spoonful. We discover what’s heating up in the kitchen at his newlyopened New York restaurant, Baby Brasa

How did you get into cooking?

I started cooking because of my grandma, Delphina. She was the cook in the house, and she was really good at it. She took care of us, me and my sister, and we were always in the kitchen with her. On the other hand, my parents owned a chain of bakeries, so I was always involved in the food business in a way. In my house we were always talking about and celebrating food!

Was it hard to get a venue off the ground in a competitive city like New York?

In New York everything is hard. Even before you start competing with others, who are already at the top of their fields, you have to get all these permits in order to operate. It was tough for sure; it took me three months to get up and running. Before Baby Brasa was a restaurant it was a beauty salon, I had to build it from scratch, so it was a bit more challenging than if it had already been a café. But I come from a family who were always creating concepts, creating something unique and packaging it and organising it. Whenever you open a restaurant, or any other business, there’s always wastage, and the trick – in order to make money – is to simplify the way the business works. That’s one side; the other is the aesthetics – the creativity, the menu.

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The new issue of the biggest gay magazine in the world is here! Winq is 196 pages of luxury lifestyle for discerning gents. Get your hands on the gay magazine you’ve always wanted. In our new August/September issue, chat show queen Ellen DeGeneres and fashion legend Michael Kors grace the cover. Ellen talks the return of forgetful fish Dory and lesbian stereotypes, while Michael Kors reflects on his illustrious career and married life. Peruvian model-turned-chef Franco Noriega is one hot dish in the food section, and we welcome our new columnist Cameron Laux, who will be sharing the ins and outs of being a gay dad over the coming issues. In our travel pages, we’re following our hearts to San Francisco and getting back to basics in Namibia, while the travel theme continues in our bumper style section with stylish shoots from Suriname, Israel, Vegas and France. All of this, within bigger and better sections dedicated to people, travel, style, business, home, fitness and culture. Be upstanding, Winq is the luxury lifestyle magazine for gay men.

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