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Ambition has taken her career from cleaning lettuce to serving award-winning Mexican food to President Barack Obama.

In 2014, chefs Daniela Soto-Innes and Enrique Olvera opened Cosme—an acclaimed restaurant in New York City inspired by their native Mexico. Only nine years earlier, Soto-Innes started her first professional job in the food industry: cleaning lettuce and cutting strawberry tops at a Marriott hotel outside of Houston. Now a James Beard award winner, she maintains the tenacious attitude that propelled her to this point, accompanied by equal doses of playfulness and warmth. It’s a necessary balance for a healthy

  • Words:
    Charles Shafaieh
  • Photograph:
    Jacopo Moschin
  • Styling:
    Paul Frederick

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  • Words:
    Charles Shafaieh
  • Photograph:
    Jacopo Moschin
  • Styling:
    Paul Frederick
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