Mexican chef Gabriela Cámara is, riding high on a wave of public adulation and industry respect. She owns two restaurants, Contramar in Mexico City and Cala in San Francisco.
Cámara is on the brink of global fame, but first, writes the New York Times she will return home to advise the Mexican President on food policy.
Chef Cámara is the subject of a long-form feature on NYT, exploring her journey from Mexico, where her Contramar restaurant is a culinary institution where the great and the powerful lunch next to celebrities from the world of entertainment. The food there is neither stuffy nor overwrought but instead simple and refined, capturing the essence of Mexican home cooking and the spirit of togetherness.
The Mexican’s Cala restaurant in San Francisco has established her reputation as an advocate for modern Mexican cuisine and for social justice. A film about her restaurants A Tale of Two Kitchens premiered on Netflix two weeks ago and her cookbook “My Mexico City Kitchen” has just hit the shelves and she’s about to open another restaurant in Los Angeles with Jessica Koslow of Sqirl. Last month the Mexican government named Cámara on the new Council of Cultural Diplomacy, a body set up to attract global prestige to Mexico, a panel that includes architect Enrique Norten; Elisa Carrillo Cabrera, a principal dancer of the Staatsballett Berlin; and the sociologist Silvia Giorguli Saucedo, the first woman president of the Colegio de México.
It seems Cámara has the world at her feet but first Ms. Cámara will return to Mexico City to advise the Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, on food policy. “To have a president who cares about food is an incredible opportunity for Mexico,” she says.