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22 September, 2021
Cynthia Xrysw Ruelas Diaz is one of the twelve S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2019-2021 finalists for Latin America Region.

You will be a mentor for Cynthia Xrysw Ruelas Diaz, how you will challenge her?

Taking her out of her comfort zone. Making her think outside the box, but without losing her identity. But I don't just want to challenge her. I also want to support her and respect her essence. The best mentor is the one who guides us and, at the same time, gives us total freedom.

What advice would you give to yourself as a younger chef?

Follow your instincts. Do not follow the fashion of the moment. Trust yourself. Don't let anyone abuse you or mistreat you. Experiment. Learn from tradition. Question it. Travel. Always try new things.

How do you think the culinary world is evolving?

Cooking, like any cultural expression, is always changing. It cannot remain static - that would mean its annihilation. What I believe is that we must be clear, take positions about where we want it to evolve. I would like to see a more plural, less sexist culinary world, with work environments free of abuse, and more awareness about our responsibility in the face of the ecological crisis.

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