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Zarela Martinez

By: Kayros Lippwe | Date Added:

Zarela Martinez is a celebrated Mexican Chef (retired), restaurateur, author, businesswoman, and a pioneer of Mexican cuisine in New York City. Martinez has been a huge contributor in introducing the United States with Mexico cultural cuisine. In 1987, she opened her "Zarela" Restaurant in NYC which stood out with its own authentic regional Mexican cuisine. The restaurant closed its door in 2011, after 24 years of service in New York City. Martinez became a successful chef when she was young. She broke the male-dominated culinary world, and open doors to many young women and Mexicans to reach higher for their goal. Martinez has inspired many Hispanic chefs and restaurateurs to introduced Latino food in New York City. She has been a consultant to major corporations, a renowned speaker, giving cooking lessons, and a major contribution to food festivals in NYC. Martinez has been appearing on several television and wrote the pioneer cookbooks, "Food from My Heart", "The Food and Life of Oaxaca", and "Zareba's Veracruz".

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