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Meet The 28-Year-Old Mexican Woman Who Has Just Been Named Best Chef In The World

Mexican-born New York chef Daniela Soto-Innes has just been named the world’s best female chef at the age of 28. Soto-Innes, who also runs the kitchens at New York City’s Mexican restaurants Cosme and Atla, was given the award by the group, World’s 50 Best Restaurants. The award, which was announced on April 24, recognizes the achievements of one woman every year. The honor is extra special this time around since Soto-Iness will become the youngest woman to ever win the award.

She is being celebrated for her authenticity to Mexican food and creating a welcoming culture in her kitchen.

Soto-Innes has been celebrated for her culinary skills before. She helped Cosme win Eater NY’s Restaurant of the Year in 2015 and the James Beard Rising Star Chef award in 2016, at the age of 25. The group praised Soto-Iness for excelling in a male-dominated industry while overseeing a predominant female kitchen.

“She thrives on empowering her staff and treating every personality differently, and says her relative youth is something to embrace rather than feel ashamed of,” the group said. “In an industry dominated by men, she also runs a kitchen that is two-thirds made up by women.”

The 28-year-old chef has also been a leader when it comes to giving opportunities to young chefs like herself. The group notes that Soto-Innes has been giving job opportunities to mostly immigrant cooks ranging in age from 20 to 65. It’s this thought and consideration that have made her kitchens a welcoming and diverse culture to thrive in.

Soto-Innes got much of her inspiration from her native home in Mexico City where she lived until the age of 12 before coming to the U.S.

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Though she is known for her success in the culinary world, it wasn’t always this easy for her. Soto-Innes moved from Mexico City to the U.S. when she was 12 and was a competitive swimmer during her young adulthood in Texas. Shortly after she began her culinary career. She got various internships, studied at Le Cordon Bleu in Austin and traveled to hone her skills.

“My whole life, every single paycheck I’ve ever received has come from cooking,” she said in an interview with The Cut. “I don’t know how to work for another reason.”.

Soto-Innes credits family as a big influence in her life and the many lessons she’s learned in life can be credited to them. Dishes like ceviche and mole, which are favorites at her restaurant, are significant to her because it reminds her of family and love for cooking.

“I grew up with a line of really strong women that love to cook,” Soto-Innes told The World’s Best 50 Restaurants. “When I was born, my mother was a lawyer with my father, but she wanted to be a chef because my grandma had a bakery and my great grandma went to school for cooking. Everything was about who made the best cake, who made the best ceviche, who made the best mole. I just knew that it was the thing that made me the happiest.”

She is leading the way for not only women chefs but for many in the culinary world that want to be noticed.

Soto-Innes has plans to open two new restaurants in Los Angeles, Damian, a Japanese-influenced Mexican restaurant, and Ditroit, a taquería, are expected to open later this year. But despite all the accolades and new ventures in her life, one thing has never changed: staying true to her roots.

“What ignites my passion as a chef is people,” Soto-Iness said in a video. “I believe that what drew me to cooking was personalities and people, and the story behind why they were cooking what they were cooking… Real Mexican food, for me, is that it has to have happiness and spice, and it has to be fun. It can’t be too serious when you make Mexican food.”

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There Are People Out There Eating The Corn Husk On Their Tamales And One Twitter Thread Is Exposing Them

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There Are People Out There Eating The Corn Husk On Their Tamales And One Twitter Thread Is Exposing Them

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Ever tried to eat a tamal still wrapped up in its hoja de maíz? Nope, neither have we. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t countless people out there who’ve tried to devour that luscious tasty tamal in all its masa glory – husk and all. One Twitter user took to social media to spread the story of how some people just aren’t ready to eat tamales yet.

This is the tweet that has every Latino talking about tamal etiquette.

Credit: @ChavezTheRapper / Twitter

Twitter is abuzz after the discovery that not one, but several people didn’t realize that you aren’t supposed to eat the husk wrapper of the tamal. In fact, many thought tamales “tasted like s***” before realizing the key to a good tamal is you gotta unwrap it first. Thankfully one Twitter user is here to make sure that everyone remembers to unwrap their tamales before digging in.

Responding to the OP, one Twitter user said she “always thought tamales tasted like shit…I didn’t know you were supposed to unroll them.”

The thread of people confused about unwrapping their tamales is truly mesmerizing.

Credit: @ChavezTheRapper / Twitter

Another naïve, wannabe foodie admitted her ignorance about tamales.

“Me neither…and not one person corrected me when I ate the husk at the Mexican restaurant I was at with my ex’s family,” she wrote. “They were all white, so maybe they didn’t know, either.”

Since blowing up the internet with this tamal bombshell, even more, people have joined the growing chorus of clueless tamale eaters. This is a good thing, though. By admitting they have a problem, we can fix it and make their lives a little bit easier.

People eating the tamales wrong led some to think they were disgusting, which is just unfair to the tamales.

Credit: @ChavezTheRapper / Twitter

Tamales are not disgusting. They are one of the most delicious foods ever created. The maiz holds some of the most delicate and satisfying meats and veggies cooked in spices and sauces that make your knees weak.

To completely discredit an amazing dish because you couldn’t do it right is just wrong. Now there is no excuse for you to ever eat this wrong again. You are very welcome.

Be warned. Now that this information is on the internet, it is on you to do it right. We won’t be there to help.

For real. We already have things we deal with on a daily basis when we eat out with our families. We don’t have time to help confused people learn how to eat tamales.

And just so we’re clear, we’ve known for a long time.

Yes. We’ve seen you and your family struggle with the tamales for a while now. However, it isn’t polite to tell people when they are doing something wrong so we have just been waiting for you all to ask us.

For real. This is us when we witness this kind of tamal husk eating out in public.

We will just sit there and watch it all unfold. There is something satisfying and confusing about watching this happen. Like, we really don’t believe that this is a thing that people do but clearly it is. When did things go so wrong for y’all?

Some people did point out the absurdity of the claim.

So all of this has people wondering…how does one even try to eat it with the husk? Are they literally picking up the entire tamal like a burrito and biting down? Or are they fork and knifing it?

Whichever way they’re trying it, it’s obvious that we urgently need a public service announcement so international incidents like this one never happen again.

One young woman had a great response to the thread that will really make you think.

After all of the centuries spent conquering the world and taking spices, this is where you all are at. It is really a moment of reflection for so many. Like, why even do what you do when this is the end result?

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