By Georgette Valentini
This week, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 recognized Mexican chef Daniela Soto-Innes as the world’s best chef.
Daniela is 28 and works as a chef for the world-famous Cosme restaurant in New York with Mexican chef Enrique Olvera. She is also the youngest person to have been granted this award.
Daniela Soto-Innes was born in Mexico City, but when she was 12, her family moved to New York.
“For the Cosme team, for my family, for Mexico. For all those bad-ass women and men who support and encourage us,” she said in an Instagram post, accompanying a portrait where she smiles proudly.
And this is no small feat: Cosme entered the list of the 50 best restaurants in the world in 2017 because of its contemporary cuisine inspired by Mexican culinary traditions led by chefs Enrique Olvera and Daniela Soto-Innes, along with their business partner, Santiago Pérez.
The dishes at Cosme all are deeply rooted in the flavors and traditions of Mexico, while celebrating local and seasonal ingredients from the Hudson Valley and surrounding areas. The drinks menu at Cosme focuses on artisanal spirits and is also a reflection of the ideas that are behind the food served, and thus allow the top quality ingredients to shine with their own light.
Apart from Cosme, Daniela opened -also hand in hand with Olvera- Atla restaurant in Nueva York, where they serve the best chilaquiles, huevos rancheros, and other Mexican dishes that have made New Yorkers – and visitors from all over the world- fall in love with them.
“Meet the talented, energetic rocking @danielasotoinnes, this year’s World’s Best Female Chef, who will speak to inspire the next generation of female chefs, to foster a more inclusive environment in the restaurant world,” said in her Instagram account Helene Pietrini, director of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. “This award is a powerful and positive platform for change. Daniela, we are all proud.”
Gastronomy as inspiration
Possibly, one of the keys to the superb flavor in Daniela’s creations is her lifestyle and philosophy. She is convinced the food tastes better when you are happy while you cook. The Mexican chef meditates every day and does yoga before heading to work. She also makes it a priority to ensure a chill and harmonious atmosphere in the kitchen.
Mexican culinary traditions shine all over the world. Proudly Mexican!
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