The People


Brendan Connor and Kristin Connor

Chef Brendan Connor and his sister Kristin Connor are the founding partners of Whisk Gourmet Food & Catering in its original location in Coral Gables in 2006.

The restaurant moved from its humble beginnings to its current South Miami location in December 2010. In the summer of 2018, the entity was sold and is now under new ownership.

We have enjoyed being part of so many of our loyal clients bellies and leave the restaurant in very good hands. Thank you. 


Leila Eck
General Manager

Brazilian born Leila Eck, first started working at Whisk with the catering team in 2009 at the original location on Le Jeune. At that point she had lived in Miami for only one year. Leila became the third official hire as server at the original location and took a management role when Whisk relocated to South Miami.

Leila has a Bachelors degree in Journalism and Social Communication in Brazil, and has always been passionate about food & travel. Leila is now the General Manager of Whisk Gourmet, which requires her to wear many hats. 


Carlos Montenegro
Executive Chef

Born in El Salvador, Carlos and his family migrated to Miami in 1981.  It was upon settling in a quiet corner of Coral Gables that Carlos would come to meet the Connor family.  It wouldn't take long for Carlos and Brendan Connor to become inseparable, and so a life-time friendship was born.

Like so many young people, Carlos dabbled in various fields as he waited to find his true calling.  In fact, his career in the culinary arts began more so out of necessity than any particular passion for cooking.   In his own words, "An empty stomach can drastically
change the course of ones path in life."

However, his love for the kitchen quickly became apparent, and with it he set out to one day become a Chef.  Carlos began as a prep cook at The Gables Diner, where he would receive a crash-course in the culinary business. Afterwards, he began working at Tarpon Bend Raw Bar & Grill on Miracle Mile, where he would cross paths with his childhood friend, now Chef Brendan.

Within two years, Brendan invited Carlos to take a role in his new business venture, a modest, yet rapidly growing catering company: Whisk Gourmet Food and Catering.  The rest is history.

"I can honestly say that few people have the opportunity to do what they love for a living.  Even fewer have the chance to work side-by-side with their best friend.  I can. I'm really grateful for it, and I know it wouldn't be possible without all of the people who are a part of Whisk Gourmet.  I give a special thanks to all of our patrons.  Without them we would be nothing."