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Rising Superstar Female Chef Returns Home to Houston with Her Restaurant Hero

Unbelievable Dinner’s On Tap

BY // 04.11.17

When acclaimed chef Chris Shepherd encouraged a young Daniela Soto-Innes — who then worked in the kitchen at his Westheimer restaurant Underbelly — to contact her culinary heroes, she immediately penned a letter to famed Mexico City chef Enrique Olvera. To her surprise, he replied.

“I never thought he’d answer, but he wrote back the next day and invited me to come to Pujol to stage. That weekend I was on a plane down to Mexico City,” Soto-Innes revealed in a interview with First We Feast.

The rest is culinary history. Soto-Innes went on to land a job at Olvera’s CDMX restaurant Pujol, currently the 20th ranked restaurant in the world, before snagging her current position as the chef de cuisine at Cosme, Olvera’s first New York City restaurant which touts celebrity fans such as former President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama. Of course, this celebrity love comes as no surprise considering Cosme secured the No. 40 spot on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list this year, a mere two years after its debut.

Fun Fact: Not only is Olvera the world’s only chef with two restaurants on the 2017 World’s Best Restaurants list, but Soto-Innes is one of only three women chefs to make this year’s rankings.

Now the 26-year-old wunderkind returns to Houston — where her culinary career began in restaurants like Brennan’s, Triniti, and Underbelly — alongside chef Olvera for a pop-up dinner that’s poised to be one of Houston’s most coveted food tickets of the year.

Coined The BIG Pop-Up, the one-night-only event, which benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Houston, will unfold at Ecclesia Houston on Friday, May 5, and feature a savory and sweet, multi-course tostada tasting accompanied by Tequila Ocho drink pairings created by Houston’s cocktail queen — Alba Huerta of Julep

Fans can snag a general admission ticket for $150, or splurge for the VIP option ($225), which includes an after-dinner reception featuring a chefs meet-and-greet, coffee from Greenway Coffee Company, and fresh handmade churros. (Tickets are available here.)

Until then, we’ll be playing chef Olvera’s Chef’s Table episode on repeat.

Home, chic home.

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