• Description
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      Age

      1980

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      Type of cuisine

      Contemporary and Traditional Mexican

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      Expertise

      Brand ambassador,

      Recipe development,

      Show cooking, TV

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      Awards & Honours

      • 2018. Competitor of Top Chef Canada
      • 2017: Crowd Favourite award from Toronto Life
      • 2016: Placed 43, Joanne Kates’ 100 Best Restaurants

    “It’s the first upmarket Mexican place I’ve been in Canada with polished service
    and genuinely uncompromising cooking, executed with love and craft and finesse”
    (Chris Nuttall Smith, The Globe and Mail)
    Chef Elia was born in Cordoba in Veracruz, Mexico and her heritage is reflected in her cooking. She uses traditional recipes, passed down through many generations and draws inspiration to create new dishes from her mother and grandmother who are acclaimed Chefs in Mexico whose catering firm delighted celebrities, presidents, and the King of Spain. Elia has followed her roots and has brought the tradition of authentic Mexican cuisine to Canada.
    Elia studied at the Culinary Institute of Mexico with a specialization in pastry and later travelled extensively in Europe and worked and trained as a Chef in Spain, France, Belgium and Italy. In Barcelona, she worked with top pastry Chefs including Jordi Butron, Xano Saguer, Walter Volt, and Ricardo Martinez of Espai Sucre.
    Herrera moved to Toronto in 2003, working in some of Toronto’s most revered kitchens, including Canoe and Mistura. Elia appeared as a contestant on Top Chef Canada Season 6 in 2018. For four years, her Los Colibris and El Caballito restaurants were lauded as Toronto’s foremost fine-dining Mexican spots. With a view to the future, this top chef is currently creating unique and handcrafted dishes at her new Los Calibris location in the Assembly Chef’s Hall.
    For four years, her Los Colibris and El Caballito restaurants were lauded as Toronto's formost fine-dining Mexican spots. With a view to the future, this top chef is currently creating unique and handcrafted dishes at her new Los Colibris location in the Assembly Chef's Hall.

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    Description
    • icon
      Age

      1980

    • icon
      Type of cuisine

      Contemporary and Traditional Mexican

    • icon
      Expertise

      Brand ambassador,

      Recipe development,

      Show cooking, TV

    • icon
      Awards & Honours

      • 2018. Competitor of Top Chef Canada
      • 2017: Crowd Favourite award from Toronto Life
      • 2016: Placed 43, Joanne Kates’ 100 Best Restaurants

    “It’s the first upmarket Mexican place I’ve been in Canada with polished service
    and genuinely uncompromising cooking, executed with love and craft and finesse”
    (Chris Nuttall Smith, The Globe and Mail)
    Chef Elia was born in Cordoba in Veracruz, Mexico and her heritage is reflected in her cooking. She uses traditional recipes, passed down through many generations and draws inspiration to create new dishes from her mother and grandmother who are acclaimed Chefs in Mexico whose catering firm delighted celebrities, presidents, and the King of Spain. Elia has followed her roots and has brought the tradition of authentic Mexican cuisine to Canada.
    Elia studied at the Culinary Institute of Mexico with a specialization in pastry and later travelled extensively in Europe and worked and trained as a Chef in Spain, France, Belgium and Italy. In Barcelona, she worked with top pastry Chefs including Jordi Butron, Xano Saguer, Walter Volt, and Ricardo Martinez of Espai Sucre.
    Herrera moved to Toronto in 2003, working in some of Toronto’s most revered kitchens, including Canoe and Mistura. Elia appeared as a contestant on Top Chef Canada Season 6 in 2018. For four years, her Los Colibris and El Caballito restaurants were lauded as Toronto’s foremost fine-dining Mexican spots. With a view to the future, this top chef is currently creating unique and handcrafted dishes at her new Los Calibris location in the Assembly Chef’s Hall.
    For four years, her Los Colibris and El Caballito restaurants were lauded as Toronto's formost fine-dining Mexican spots. With a view to the future, this top chef is currently creating unique and handcrafted dishes at her new Los Colibris location in the Assembly Chef's Hall.

    Download Presentation