As a young girl born in Jalisco, Mexico the state of Tequila, Mariachi, and “La Cocina Tapatia”, my parents immigrated to the Bay Area of Northern California which also is a land rich in food resources like Jalisco.
As the eldest of four and being the first granddaughter, Chef Gloria holds dear the precious memories of growing up and eaten all of natures offerings for livestock to garden. Cows were milked daily at sunrise for cheese making, making Jocoque, fresh yoghurt and other lacto delights. As most regions of Mexico, Chef Gloria’s family farm also harvested yellow corn each year in the fall that would be used in many forms such as for Tortilla, Corn Bread, Tamales, Atoles and many more Mexican traditional common uses in the cuisine of Mexico. One of Chef Gloria’s favorite things to do was to pick guavas from the wild trees of the bountiful fields to make marmalade for sweets in the kitchen with Grandma. The kitchen was Chef Gloria’s favorite place to learned Mexico’s culinary traditions from her grandmother and aunts.
With now over 25 years of culinary experience, Chef Gloria has been able to say that she has explored food from the roots of the cuisine of her native land of Mexico in travel to the many kitchens of locals and even on working with top chefs in their kitchens. Taking her native flavors around the world, Chef Gloria has travel to other countries like to Italy, Vatican City, where she was invited to cook an event “Navidad en Mexico” representing the state of Michoacan.
Chef Gloria has participated in seminars with Oaxacan chefs taking culinary classes with some of the finest chefs of the region. One of the biggest thrills was being able to have the honor to cook with the locals in their homes to learn and experience food the ancestral way. The Yucatan Peninsula and of course Mexico City were great influences when Chef Gloria opened her current restaurant in 2005 with her Architect son Alfonso, whom designed the restaurant, Tamarindo Antojeria, Oakland, California. The menu brings together the flavors of all Chef Gloria’s culinary adventures throughout the years from her native land of Mexico.
Additional information from photographer, Norma Cordova