Ignacio “Nacho” Torras was born and raised in Barcelona, Spain, and moved to Brazil when he was 18 years old. After a year in Mexico, Nacho first moved to Houston in 1989, working for a Houston based chemical and gasoline trading company. In 1996, Mr. Torras open Tricon Energy and moved with his family to Panama. Originally motivated by the idea of creating a global trading and marketing company specializing in chemical commodities, Tricon Energy now operates a global footprint of more than 28 offices with over 600 employees, providing logistics, risk management, finance, and marketing intelligence services to its commercial partners. As President and CEO, Mr. Torras has led Tricon Energy to be a worldwide industry leader in the global trade and distribution market with revenues in excess of $10 billion.
In 2014, Nacho sought to bring a taste of the widely underrepresented but highly applauded Spanish cuisine to Houston. He teamed with chef Luis Roger, who has experience among others at Spain’s legendary El Bulli, and opened BCN Taste & Tradition. The team aimed to give Houston a taste of Spain’s highly starred cuisine and culture. After the success of BCN, the duo went on to open MAD in 2019, which has also become a culinary destination nationwide. The success has been appreciated not only because its food concept, but also for its visual beauty and allure by decorating the restaurants with original masterpieces by great Spanish artists Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, and Eduardo Chillida.