Five-time James Beard nominee, Lesbian, Mexican, vegan and above all chingona (rough translation — badass), Phoenix chef Silvana Salcido Esparza is not only a master interpreter of Mexican cuisine, she’s a social justice warrior. “I come from generations of advocates for those who cannot advocate for themselves,” she says.
I had the pleasure of meeting Chef Silvana when I attended the Association of Food Journalists conference in Phoenix last year. I don’t know what knocked me out more, her vegan tasting menu, with a velvety textures and flavors that announced themselves one by one, or the chef herself. Have a read of my Civil Eats profile of her and watch her guacamole video and let me know what you think.