Fonda San Miguel continues its popular Guest Chef Series in 2018, bringing two of Mexico’s gastronomic innovators to Austin. Pablo Salas, the creative talent behind Amaranta, will be in the kitchen February 11th, and celebrated Quintonil chef Jorge Vallejo will do the honors September 30. For Fonda San Miguel owner Tom Gilliland, who traveled extensively throughout the country over the past year eating at new restaurants and discovering emerging food trends, the Guest Chef Series is yet another curated opportunity to share with others the culture and cuisine of Mexico.
The Guest Chef Series dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. on February 4 and September 30and the cost is $150 per person, including wine pairings. Advanced reservations (limited availability) can be made by calling 512-459-3401.
Pablo Salas was born in Toluca, about an hour southwest of Mexico City, and has spent the past few years discovering the recipes of his native region, the State of Mexico. It has been a momentous process, experimenting with many indigenous ingredients and cooking techniques. In 2010, when Salas opened Amaranta in Toluca, he focused on local products and traditions—what he calls Mexiquense cuisine. As he continues to evolve, so does his restaurant, which has been on San Pellegrino’s list of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants since 2014.
Jorge Vallejo is fast becoming a name at the forefront of the modern Mexican food movement. In 2012, Vallejo and his wife, Alejandra Flores, opened Quintonil. From the start, the ambitious Mexico City restaurant garnered accolades—debuting on the British magazine Restaurant’s list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants at number 35. A year later, in 2016, it moved to the number 12 spot. Vallejo is constantly adapting as a chef and experimenting with products and new techniques.