Chef Rodrigo Velazco was born in Caracas (Venezuela), with an unparalleled culinary background, chef Velazco merges his South Americans roots with a deep passion for local ingredients.

Before moving to Charlotte, chef Velazco acquired extensive experience working in Miami with Chef Phil Bryant, nominated for the James Bear award. In addition, he was sous chef of the contestant of "Top Chef" Jeff McInnis. Already in Charlotte, he worked at Vivace restaurant, where he was the executive chef. It was there when he began to truly submerge in the gastronomic scene of the city. Currently, he is the cuisine chef of Evoke restaurant.

With 7 awards in its first year of opening, including Best Steakhouse, Best New Restaurant and named one of the 10 best restaurants by Charlotte magazine, Evoke is proud of their creative kitchen in a unique and modern environment.