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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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A Mexican Artist Is Making Pancake Art That’s Too Beautiful To Eat

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A Mexican Artist Is Making Pancake Art That’s Too Beautiful To Eat

Social media is where people can show off just about anything they create. This includes art in any and all media, like pancake art. Claudia, the creator behind Nappan Pancake art, is the latest artist watching their art reach the masses.

Claudia, the artist behind Nappan Pancake art, got her start because of the pandemic.

@nappancakes

casi ✨1 año✨haciendo #pancakeart 🥞 #parati #foryou #viral #trend #glowup #art #foryoupage

♬ Inox la bggg – ᗰᗩᖇIE ᗰOI ᑎᗩᖇᑌTO

The artist first started to play around with pancake art last spring break when the pandemic forced businesses and schools to close. Claudia wanted to get more creative with her kids’ breakfasts since they were now always at home.

“I started experimenting with making Pancake art,” Claudia recalls to mitú. “At first I only used the color of the natural dough and a little cocoa. At first, I just used the ketchup dispensers and little by little I learned.”

Claudia uses her pancake art to honor some truly iconic people.

@nappancakes

Responder a @detodoun_poco233 Cepillín ✨🥞✨ en nuestros ♥️ #parati #fy #HijosAdopTiktoks #adoptiktoks #viral #foryou @cepillintv #pancakeart ncakeart

♬ La Feria de Cepillin – Cepillín

Cepillín recently died and the loss was felt throughout the community. He made our lives joyous and fun with his music, especially his birthday song. Some of the creations are done for fans who request to see their faves turned into delicious pancake art.

The artist loves creating the edible works of art.

The journey of becoming a pancake artist has been a fun adventure for Claudia and her children. The more she has practiced, the more she has been able to do.

“Sometimes I scream with excitement and I go to all the members of my house to see it,” Claudia says about her successes. “Other times it’s just a feeling like “disappointment could be better” other times it just breaks or burns and then I just cry but it usually feels very satisfying.”

You can check out all of her creations on TikTok.

@nappancakes

Responder a @reyna100804santoyo siii🥞✨ díganle que me adopte 🥺 @ederbez #adoptiktoks #hijosadoptiktoks #parati #foryou #viral #fy #art #pancakeart

♬ Little Bitty Pretty One – Thurston Harris

With 350,000 followers and growing, it won’t be long until more people start to fully enjoy Claudia’s art. Her children can’t get enough of it and she is so excited to share it with the rest of the world.

READ: Spicy Food Lovers Have Reason To Celebrate As New Study Says Eating Chilies Could Be Secret To Longevity

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Viral Video Of Overworked Texas Dominos Workers Burdened By Snow Storm Goes Viral

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Viral Video Of Overworked Texas Dominos Workers Burdened By Snow Storm Goes Viral

Texas’s current power crisis from a devastating storm has disrupted power generation and frozen natural gas pipelines. The is historic storm has driven electric demand higher than the state has ever seen, but it’s not just electric energy being overextended as a result. It’s physical and mental human energy as well.

Recently, an image of two exhausted Domino’s Pizza workers went viral for showing the extreme exhaustion workers are experiencing.

In a post shared to News4sanantonio.com’s Chime In page a user by the name of July DeLuna explained “This Dominos in San Antonio. Working during this crisis. They had a weekend worth of food and it was gone within 4 hours. This team helped those that needed help. These are the essential workers that need recognition. They were the only pizza place open. Every pizza place was closed but dominos stayed open to help those in need.”

Little else is known about the exhausted workers in the viral image but it did rack up over 8K comments within hours of being posted.

“Dominoes better pay them for the shifts they’ll miss while they don’t have any ingredients. With this practical free advertising it’s the least they could do. Otherwise these kind people worked themselves out of already bad hourly pay,” one user commented.

“,As someone who works in the food service industry, the thought of selling out of all product in only four hours and how much work goes in to preparing that much food is unfathomable levels of nightmare fuel,” another noted.

In another response to the image, a Reddit user wrote “I cannot express to you how upsetting it is to be the only food source open during hard times, to still be open and show up to do your job with higher than normal levels of orders, and still get yelled at by management for not having orders out within a window of time.”

Images of overworked and stressed is nothing new of course.

Fast-food workers are often burdened by their field’s daily challenges. In 2020, food industry workers are being forced to endure customer abuse at even higher rates. Last year a TikTok video of a Subway restaurant falling asleep while in the middle of making a sandwich went viral.

“This is actually really sad. I can’t imagine how underslept she is. Not to mention the wage people get paid at Subway… She deserves better,” one TikTok user by the name of Monique Emilia commented at the time. The skincare influencer Hyram also commented writing “Poor thing… Can’t imagine how underslept she is, we’re too hard on service workers.”

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