Mexico City is Mexico’s capital and one of the most important political, cultural, educational and financial centers in North America. Tourists are immediately enamored by the city’s glamour, cultural heritage and culinary offerings. From famous Mexican chefs to ruins built by the ancient Aztecan tribes, every corner of the city is sprinkled with stories to tell. Now, Mexico City prepares to bring its culinary creations to New York City and showcase some of the city’s finest cuisine at this year’s Grand Tasting event at the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival. At Grand Tasting, Mexico City will have an activation that includes all the color, décor and life that the Mexican culture is known for. Guests will have a chance to sample authentic Mexican dishes created by Mexico City’s talented chefs – Daniel Tellez Reynoso; Azari Cuenca Maitret; and Alejandro Ruiz.
As owner of DT Food & Catering and partner of Anona restaurant, chef Daniel Tellez Reynoso has skills in both Mexican, Mediterranean and Italian cuisine, having served as a chef on a yacht which chartered the Mediterranean and studying at the Scuola Di Cordon Bleau Culinary Arts in Perugia. At Anona, Chef Reynoso combines international cuisine with Mexican influences.
Best known for founding Litoral restaurant almost 14 years ago in the La Condesa neighborhood of Mexico City, charismatic chef Azari Cuenca Maitret’s experience has earned him a special place on the national culinary scene as a the chef and owner of Grupo Litoral which includes several restaurants in its portfolio. He began his career in the kitchens of the most prestigious hotels in Mexico including Presidente InterContinental Mexico City and Four Seasons Hotel Mexico, D.F. where he studied under Maîtres Cuisiniers de France, Chef Fernand Gutierrez. He also worked at the prestigious Marquis Reforma Hotel & Spa under the tutelage of chefs Reichrat Raoul, who has a Michelin star in Romaine, France, and Chef Eric Mayer.
Chef Alejandro Ruiz is the chef of Casa Oaxaca and Guzino Oaxaca. About 18 years ago, he founded the critically acclaimed Casa Oaxaca in Mexico’s southwestern state of Oaxaca. Known for his simple yet sophisticated dishes, Chef Ruiz creates modern Mexican dishes bursting with color and flavor using seasonal ingredients. Most recently, he opened Guzina Oaxaca in the affluent Polanco neighborhood of Mexico City. Guzina, which means “kitchen” in the ancient Oaxacan language of Zapotec, offers upscale, authentic southern Mexican cuisine.