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Rick Bayless to present at CIA Latin American Food Summit

Don’t be surprised if you see a few familiar faces wandering around the Pearl next week. The Culinary Institute of America in San Antonio is set to kick off its annual Latin American Food Summit on Wednesday, and celebrity chef Rick Bayless is just one of many well-known food authorities set to make an appearance.

The two-day summit will focus on the iconic ingredients of Latin American cuisine with panel discussions and demonstrations featuring corn, chili peppers, tomatoes, cocoa and other flavors that shape the gastronomic landscape of the region. region. These ingredients will provide a starting point for a broader conversation about sustainability, regenerative agriculture and climate change.

Celebrity Chef Rick Bayless will present a session on ways to use tomatillos at the Latin American Food Summit.

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Chef and restaurateur Bayless, best known for his numerous cookbooks, the television series “Mexico: One Plate at a Time” and multiple James Beard Awards, is set to give a presentation featuring the use of tomatillos in roasted forms, raw and marinated. But he’s not the only recognized authority on Latin American cuisine in programming.

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If you followed the last season of “Top Chef: Houston”, you will probably remember chef Evelyn Garcia from Kin HTX restaurant. She represented her hometown to a runner-up finish in the contest’s cooking show and will present a class on how to make pear, radish and citrus aguachile.

Author and chef Adán Medrano will participate in a panel discussion at the Latin American Food Summit.

Author and chef Adán Medrano will participate in a panel discussion at the Latin American Food Summit.

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Houston-based chef, author and filmmaker Adán Medrano, known for his book “Truly Texas Mexican: A Native Culinary Heritage In Recipes” and his documentary film “Truly Texas Mexican,” is also set to appear in a panel discussion on the future. of our food. system. He’ll be joined in this conversation by San Antonio celebrity chef Elizabeth Johnson, owner of Pharm Table, which was named one of the city’s top 10 restaurants by Express-News food critic Mike Sutter.

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Fellow San Antonian Sofia Tejeda, who recently won a James Beard Award semi-finalist in the Outstanding Pastry Chef category for her work at progressive Mexican restaurant Mixtli, is also on the list. She has to show how to make vegan concha with avocado chocolate mousse.

Admission to the two-day event, which begins September 28 and costs $299, includes access to more than a dozen panel discussions, meals and socials. For the full schedule and registration information, visit

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