The proprietor of The Flying Egg has an extensive background in the restaurant industry. Originally from Medellin, Colombia, he came to the U.S. with a degree in Journalism & Media and with the dream to accomplish film production. He found his love for food, wine, and customer service in his travels by the hand of his mentor and friend, Rafael Palomino. He has worked in many areas of the country including Manhattan and Miami.  From the beginning of his restaurant career, he has conquered every position available from server/bartender to General Manager, and now proprietor.  He currently resides in Bethlehem, PA and has come to truly love the Lehigh Valley. He is also the owner of Tapas on Main in Historic Downtown Bethlehem (our neighbor), home of authentic Spanish cuisine, Cachette Creperie + Bistro and Mesa Modern Mexican in Easton.


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Rafael Palomino

Whether he’s in the kitchen, penning his cookbooks—or working the stove in one of his eight-and-growing establishments, Palomino is the consummate creator and astute businessman. Keenly aware of flavors people love and crave, Colombian-born Chef Palomino draws from his childhood in Bogotá, his younger years in New York City—alongside such culinary legends as Larry Forgione and Charlie Palmer—as well as his time in France, with Michel Guèrard in Eugènie-les-Bains. Today his many restaurants—his menus and his success—represent the culmination of his artistry and business savvy; he knows food, and he knows how people relish their dining experiences.


These days, in between scribing cookbooks (he’s got five published to date: Bistro Latino, Viva la Vida, Nueva Salsa, Fiesta Latina and Latin Grill!) and teaching cooking classes, Chef Rafael Palomino is an active participant in all of his restaurants, which currently span four states and many miles!  In addition to The Flying Egg in Bethlehem, Palomino boasts ownership of three more in PA (Tapas on Main in Bethlehem and Cachette Bistro & Creperie as well as Mesa Modern Mexican in Easton), one in Connecticut (Pacífico in New Haven), one more in New York (Sonora in Port Chester), one in Florida (BSquare in Fort Lauderdale), and of course more in the works!

Chef Rafael Palomino is living testament to his own motto, “If you dream it, you can live it!” Open any of his cookbooks, or enter any of his establishments, and you’ll soon see—and taste—the successful combination of Palomino-style ingredients.

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451 Main St. Bethlehem, PA