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The Grateful Palate's Executive Chef, Hector Lopez, Shares His Recipe for Kangaroo Pithivier

If you're looking for a reason to be grateful for good food in Fort Lauderdale, be sure to stop by the Grateful Palate. With a colorful global menu and inspiring up-and-coming chef behind exotic, creative small plates, it's an unexpected treat hidden amid the businesses that make up the city's bustling 17th Street yachting district.

The Grateful Palate's executive chef, Hector Lopez, oversees all of the operations of the restaurant, including the restaurant's busy yacht provisioning department. Unlike most chefs, Lopez's responsibilities include developing recipes and designing the restaurant's seasonal menu, as well as coordinating the purchasing of some very hard-to-find products from all over the world.

Here, it's not unusual for customers to request offbeat ingredients including guinea pig and kangaroo.