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Meet Elia Herrera, a third-generation Mexican Chef with a story as impressive as her culinary skills. She's not only been a contestant on both Top Chef Canada and Top Chef Mexico but is a classically trained pastry chef with experience in some of the world's top restaurants in Spain, France, Italy, and Belgium.

Originally from Cordoba, Veracruz-Mexico, Elia hails from a family of accomplished female chefs, including her grandmother, who catered to celebrities, Presidents, Ambassadors, Governors of Mexico, and even the Kings of Spain.

Join us for a conversation about the importance of pushing oneself to achieve goals, building upon family traditions, and proudly representing one's culture. Explore how Elia is taking Mexican cuisine in Canada to new heights with her restaurants: Milpa in Calgary, and Tecolote and Colibri in Toronto.


Mark Kondrat

Partner & CEO of Alberta Beer Festivals and ‘Let’s Meet for a Beer’ Podcast



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Elia Herrera

Chef and Co-Owner of Milpa, Tecolote and Colibri




Milpa Restaurant

Tecolote Restaurant

Colibri Restaurant

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