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Mexicana Daniela Soto-Innes Named Best Chef In The World

Food & Drink By O. DELGADO
Mexicana Daniela Soto-Innes Named Best Chef In The World

Daniela Soto-Innes named World's Best Female Chef by panel of 1,000 culinary experts from around the globe.

At 28-years-old, she is the youngest person to ever to win the award.

World's Best 50 Restaurants, which boasts a panel of 1,000 culinary experts from around the globe, has named the World's Best Female Chef: Mexicana Daniela Soto-Innes.

Chef Daniela Soto-Innes runs New York city's best Mexican restaurants, Cosme and Atla (and a new spot opening up in LA). She's been in the spotlight since winning the James Beard Rising Star Chef award in 2016, a precocious achievement for the then-25-year-old.

Daniela was born in Mexico City and moved to Houston, Texas with her parents when she was 12 years old. She learned to love cooking from her mother and grandmother, who taught her that "food tastes better when you put love and joy into it," according to her post-win interview.  She lives out this philosophy in her restaurant kitchen, where she and staff blast music and sing.

"You have to be happy when you’re making a mole or tamales – otherwise they won’t turn out,” she says.

Her kitchen may be filled with music and laughter, but Daniela is serious about cuisine.  The ambitious young chef started working in kitchens when she was 14 and attended Le Cordon Bleu before traveling to Europe and New York to train.

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But Daniela doesn't require her staff, which are mostly immigrants from Mexico, Latin America, even Russia, to have formal training.  She thrives on empowering cooks of all ages and backgrounds, learning from them as they learn from her and each other.

“We might not know everything about cooking but we all strive to do the best we can, using the most knowledge we can collect between all of us. Cosme is somewhere where people from all cultures – Russia, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil – come to the US to make a little bit more money for their families."

Felicidades Daniela, a true representation of what we can accomplish with vision and hard work, and how we can use our success to open the door for others.  Pa'arriba y pa'delante!