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A Mexican Chef Makes History As The First Mexican Woman To Win A Michelin Star

Mexican food is one of the most recognizable and celebrated cuisines in the world. The impact of Mexican food has transcended borders and with Mexican restaurants across the globe serving delicious food to the masses. One of the highest honors a chef can achieve is a Michelin star for their cooking. Chefs in Mexico have long been revered for their work preserving the techniques that make Mexican food the global phenomenon that it is. We recently saw Daniela Soto-Innes named the Best Female Chef in the world. Now, Karime López is another female Mexican chef making a name for herself with her own Michelin star.

This is Karime López, the Mexican chef working in Italy, who is now the first Mexican woman to be awarded a Michelin star.

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The 36-year-old leads the team at the Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura restaurant in Florence, Italy. She’s also the sole female to be named in the 2020 Michelin Guide Italy.

“There are so many emotions these days,” she wrote on Instagram. “This award is a tribute to the Gucci Osteria team and to all the people who are involved and supported us. We all share the same passion and commitment to what we want to achieve. Huge thanks to @massimobottura @laratgilmore and #MarcoBizarri for believing and trusting us. Now we will continue to work even harder than before.” 

Here is Michelin’s review of her restaurant: “The cuisine of theatrical chef Massimo Bottura has arrived in Florence, demonstrating openness to the rest of the world, with influences and reinterpretations of dishes from other countries, as well as Italy and Modena in particular. A visit to the Gucci Garden, an elegant museum on the upper floors dedicated to the famous fashion house, is highly recommended.” We love how the review includes that López is including perhaps Mexican influences in her Italian creations!

So what does a Michelin star actually mean? Let’s just say it’s the highest compliment. It’s like getting a billion stars on Google reviews.

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Now, we, like surely everyone else, love to eat at highly recommended restaurants. But Michelin-rated restaurants tend to be expensive restaurants, so it makes sense they have the very best chefs in the world. 

According to the Guide, one star signifies “a very good restaurant,” two stars mean it is “excellent cooking that is worth a detour,” and three stars means the restaurant is “exceptional cuisine that is worth a special journey.”

López’s restaurant, Gucci Osteria, only got one star, but if Michelin states it is a very good restaurant, you know it is bomb as heck. 

López has been leading the team since the restaurant opened two years ago.

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According to Chef Alps, “Her signature culinary flair and avant-garde way of mixing styles are a perfect match for Bottura’s vision and the concept behind Gucci Osteria, which is to remind people that ‘Florence has always been a center of cultural exchange, particularly during the Renaissance. It brings the most diverse traditions, trends, and styles together.” 

The Mexico City-native began her career in 2005 in Barcelona, and she then returned home to work for chef Enrique Olvera at Pujol. The young chef is unstoppable because, after Mexico City, she went to work in Denmark, then Tokyo, and it was in Peru that her fate led her to meet Takahiko Kondo, the sous-chef at Massimo Bottura’s restaurant. 

López married Takahiko Kondo, and the couple then moved to Italy, where they both reside today.

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According to Chef Alps, Bottura was “so impressed with her dedication, professional skills, and talent” that he asked her to lead the team at Gucci Osteria, and the rest is history.

Bottura had very kind words to say about his mentee and her award, “When ideas are born of friendships, they harness a different strength, and this is just the beginning of an exciting adventure.”

From the looks of her Instagram, the multilingual chef loves to travel, takes pictures of art, has a great sense of humor, and of course, loves to cook.

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Congrats, Karime, on your award! We love seeing hardworking Latinas get the recognition they deserve. We can only imagine this is just the start of her incredible career. Now perhaps she and Daniella can collaborate on a Mexican meal, and we’d happily be the first in line to try it.

READ: Meet The 28-Year-Old Mexican Woman Who Has Just Been Named Best Chef In The World By World’s 50 Best Restaurants

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Mountain Dew Margaritas Are Apparently A Thing At Red Lobster Now?

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Mountain Dew Margaritas Are Apparently A Thing At Red Lobster Now?

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We’ve seen all kinds of takes on the timeless classic that is a Margarita. From frozen Margaritas to ones with cranberry juice and dashes of blue curaçao and twists of basil and ginger beer we’ve literally seen it all. Or so we thought.

Recently, Red Lobster announced that they’re doing a Mountain Dew-take on the beloved and salty tequila cocktail.

Red Lobster’s DEW-Garita promises to set you aglow.

The drink is the first official Mountain Dew cocktail and of course, it is bright lime green. While the cocktail’s recipe is being kept strictly under wraps, like everything at Red Lobster’s, it’s supposed to pair “perfectly” with Red Lobster’s iconic Cheddar Bay Biscuits.

“Red Lobster is thrilled to work with PepsiCo, not only because it has a great portfolio of brands, but specifically because of the food and beverage innovation possibilities,” Nelson Griffin,the Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer at Red Lobster said in a statement about the drink.

Red Lobster’s DEW-Garita is due to debut at Red Lobster locations nationwide in September and by the end of 2020.

The Margarita is an iconic Mexican drink related to a drink called Rhe Daisy.

The classic Tequila sour cocktail is one of the most beloved cocktails in the world. According to Wine Enthusiast “One story claims that the drink was created in 1938, as Mexican restaurant owner Carlos (Danny) Herrera mixed it for gorgeous Ziegfeld showgirl Marjorie King. Supposedly, Tequila was the only alcohol that King would abide, so Herrera added lime juice and salt.”

To make your own classic Margarita check out this recipe below

Ingredients

  • Coarse salt
  • Lime wedge
  • 2 ounces white Tequila
  • 1 ounce orange liqueur
  • 1 ounce lime juice

Directions

Shake out coarse salt on a plate. Wet the rim of a glass by using the lime wedge. Press the rim of the glass in the plate of salt to coat. Add ice to the glass.

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the rest of the ingredients. Shake well, and pour into the prepared glass over ice.

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El Pollo Loco Creates Hispanic Heritage Month Grant To Support Latina Small Businesses

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El Pollo Loco Creates Hispanic Heritage Month Grant To Support Latina Small Businesses

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Covid-19 has devastated millions of Americans with job loss. Unemployment skyrocketed as the federal government failed to create and execute a plan to combat the pandemic. El Pollo Loco is stepping up and giving our community a chance to keep business doors open and community members employed.

El Pollo Loco is giving Latina business owners in the greater Los Angeles area a lifeline in these uncertain times.

The Latino community is the fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs and business owners in the U.S. According to a Stanford University study, Latino business owners grew 34 percent while every other demographic grew 1 percent over the last ten years.

However, Covid has changed things. Latina-owned business are some of the hardest hit and the sudden loss is impacting our community. According to the Pew Research Center, Latinas experienced a -21 percent change in small business ownership and jobs since the Covid downturn.

El Pollo Loco is offering $100,000 in grants to different Latina-owned businesses because of the pandemic.

The fast food chain has started a GoFundMe to keep the donations going. El Pollo Loco has already pledged $100,000 to help Latina small businesses and the GoFundMe promises to keep the donations flowing. For every $10,000 raised in the GoFundMe, El Pollo Loco will donate it to a Latina small business. The GoFundMe has raised over $100,000 at the time of this post.

#WeAllGrow Latina partnered with El Pollo Loco to give Latina business owners this lifeline.

#WeAllGrow Latina and El Pollo Loco are asking the Latino community to help find Latina small businesses that deserve the grants. Instead of making the decision themselves, #WeAllGrow Latina and El Pollo Loco want you to nominate your favorite Latina small business for the grant.

“This year has been unlike any other, leaving Latina-owned businesses disproportionately impacted,” Bernard Acoca, President and Chief Executive Officer of El Pollo Loco, said in a statement. “Given the critical role brands are expected to play during the pandemic and on the heels of Hispanic Heritage Month, we felt compelled to find a way to support the people and city we call home.”

In order to nominate a business, here is what you have to do.

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Using social media, nominate your favorite LA-based Latina small business and tag @elpolloloco and @weallgrowlatina while using #grantcontest and #FundLatinaFoodJefas. You can nominate the business up to five times.

People are already nominating their favorite food places in LA.

You have until Sept. 15 to nominate your favorite Latina small business. You can help them win $10,000 and mentorship from El Pollo Loco to help Latina business owners in LA keep their doors open. You can learn more here.

READ: California Is Poised To Become The First State To Offer Unemployment To Undocumented Workers

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