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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

Goya CEO Says Calls For Product Boycott Are A ‘Suppression Of Speech,’ Refuses To Apologize

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Goya CEO Says Calls For Product Boycott Are A ‘Suppression Of Speech,’ Refuses To Apologize

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Robert Unanue, the CEO of beloved Latino brand Goya Foods, is receiving relentless backlash after praising President Trump. #BoycottGoya is trending after Unanue’s comments praising President Trump for being the leader we are blessed to have.

Goya Foods CEO Robert Unanue wants you to know that you’re “blessed’ to have President Donald Trump as our leader.

“We’re all truly blessed at the same time to have a leader like President Trump who is a builder,” Unanue, a Spanish-American, said at the event. “That’s what my grandfather did. He came to this country to grow and prosper. And so we have an incredible builder and we pray. We pray for our leadership, our president, and we pray for our country. That we will continue to prosper and to grow.”

People are way more than shook by the baffling comments and his refusal to apologize.

Goya Foods is one of the most beloved brands by Latino households. President Trump has put migrant children from Latin America in caged in detention centers. President Trump started his campaign in 2015 calling Mexican immigrants rapists and murderers.

“So, you’re allowed to talk good or to praise one president, but you’re not allowed to aid in economic and educational prosperity? And you make a positive comment and all of a sudden, it is not acceptable,” Unanue told Fox News.

Social media was flooded by people who just don’t understand what the CEO of Goya was even thinking.

Julián Castro, a former candidate for president, was not shy to call out the CEO. President Trump has not been a friend to the Latino community when it comes to legislation and rhetoric.

People are offering recipes and alternatives to avoid having to use Goya products.

#GoyaAlternatives is filled with recipe after recipe and business after business to help you get over Goya. The boycott is getting a lot of attention on social media and people are getting excited to make their own adobo and sofrito.

Now, don’t go and just throw away your Goya products.

There are a lot of ways to make goo duse of the Goya you have at home. If you truly wish to never see the brand again, you can donate the food to food banks or anyone else who will take them. You can also simply choose to use the product until it is done and not buy anymore.

READ: A Latina Broke Down The Ingredients Of Sazón And Apparently It Can Trigger Anxiety And Brain Damage

Tamales Elena Is About To Become LA’s First Afro-Mexican Restaurant

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Tamales Elena Is About To Become LA’s First Afro-Mexican Restaurant

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The Los Angeles food truck Tamales Elena y Antojitos has been serving up authentic Guerrero food for 20 years. Tamales Elena y Antojitos is a staple at E 110th St. & Wilmington Ave. in LA’s Watts neighborhood offering up banana leaf-wrapped tamales. Now, Tamales Elena y Antojitos will become a restaurant.

Tamales Elena y Antojitos is opening up LA’s first Afro-Mexican restaurant.

Not even a pandemic will slow them down. The family behind the famous food truck in Watts will soon be welcoming guests (following COVID-19 guidelines) in Bell Gardens, California. The tamales, pozoles, and array of Afro-Mexican dishes will be served to everyone who has come to adore the Mexican establishment.

The restaurant will add another cuisine to the vast palate that is LA’s food scene.

Los Angeles is home to a diverse and inviting list of restaurants representing cultures from around the world. Some of the best Mexican food in the country can be found in Los Angeles and Tamales Elena y Antojitos is adding another level to that representation. Angelenos are celebrating the Afro-Mexican restaurant staffed and owned by Afro-Mexicans.

The restaurant has a special place in people’s lives.

The family has been offering up their unique food to residents of Watts for 20 years. In two weeks, Maria Elena Lorenzo will be offering up her family recipes in-store to more people as of July 15. The family has spent years in the food industry and have worked hard to make their mark on LA’s food scene.

Lorenzo’s daughters have been played a big role in getting the restaurant going.

According to LA Eater, Lorenzo’s daughters have spent years working in various restaurants around Los Angeles. Her daughters, Maria, Heidi, Judepth, Teresa, and Nayeli spent time working front-of-house and back-of-house at restaurants including Rivera, Petty Cash Taqueria, and Guerrilla Tacos. Heidi Irra worked at Mezcalero in downtown Los Angeles. Now, the daughters are bringing their experience to the family business and helping their mother start her restaurant.

Lorenzo, lovingly known as Mama, is clearly going to have a lot of guests are her restaurant.

Congratulations, Mama! This is one of those stories we love to see. Nothing makes you prouder than watching Latino families come together to chase the American Dream and succeed.

READ: Guelaguetza, One Of LA’s Most Iconic Mexican Restaurants, Is Sharing Some Of Their Recipes On Instagram