Jose Growing up on the Pacific Ocean in his native Peru, Jose Draganac ate a lot of fish.
He began cooking at an early age and honed his skills, first at culinary school in Lima, studying under fellow countryman and celebrated chef Gastón Acurio, then working for 15 years at home and in the United States, most recently with the Z Hospitality, a group of area restaurants that includes Solé, Mediterraneo and Terra.
There, he connected restaurateur Wilson Rodriguez—part of a group that had opened Costa Brava in Norwalk and Macarena Tapas in Stamford—and the pair decided to realize a shared vision in opening Draganac’s own place.
Jose Draganac ( Lima - Peru), began his culinary career studying at the San Ignacio de Loyola Culinary Institute in Lima Peru. Jose then studies with the renowned Peruvian chef Gaston Acurio, then worked at the Rafael Restaurant Lima-Peru before embarking on pursuing his dream of becoming Chef in the United States. He moved to Stamford CT and spent a few years with Z Hospitality Group which owns the noted Restaurants Terra, Greenwich CT, Mediterraneo Greenwich CT, and Sole New Canaan CT. Jose then went on to broaden his experience and relocated to Atlantic City to become an Executive Sous Chef Fornetello ( Borgatta Hotel & Casino ) for its fine dining. After many years of honing his culinary skills, Jose is embarking on opening his first Restaurant called Pesca Peruvian Bistro in New Canaan CT, with Wilson Rodriguez as a partner. Jose will now incorporate his broad knowledge of European Style Cuisine, with his unique blend of Peruvian & Latin American flare and seafood specialties. Pesca Peruvian Bistro will be a unique addition to the New Canaan Downtown area with the mastery of Jose's use of spices and flavors from South America.