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news mexican chefCasa de Sierra Nevada by Orient-Express, a luxury boutique hotel and cooking school in the heart of historic San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, has appointed Felipe Ramirez Gorosica as  Executive Chef to oversee the hotel’s restaurants, Andanza and Parque as well as its cooking school, Sazón.

Ramirez’s inspiration comes from his ancestors’ techniques of traditional Mexican cuisine: “the history and culture of my ancestors is what drives me to excel and bring authentic Mexican flavors to  avant-garde molecular gastronomy," said Ramirez. 

Originally from Muxupip, Mexico, Ramirez began his career at the age of 19 in the industry of Culinary Tourism. His first forays were the Hyatt Hotels in Cancun and the Hotel Fiesta Americana Condesa. In 2004, Ramirez was recognized in the “El Joven Chef Mexicano” competition in Mexico City winning awards in two categories: "The Best Cook for Mexican Cuisine” and "The Best in knowledge of Mexican Cooking Techniques”.  

With the support of this recognition, Felipe was offered the opportunity to travel to Europe to acquire more knowledge, working in the famous restaurant "El Bulli" by Ferran Adrià in Roses, Girona, Spain. Later, he worked as Sous Chef with the renowned and famous chef Patricia Quintana in the Grand Aqua Hotel Guest group and its restaurant "The 7" allowing him to strengthen his skills and further improve his knowledge of Mexican cuisine.  

Ramirez was previously at Maroma Resort and Spa by Orient-Express, as Chef de Cuisine for the resort’s three restaurants, El Restaurante, El Sol and Cilantro.

The boutique hotel of Casa De Sierra Nevada is a mixture of 16th to 18th century Spanish colonial buildings, located one and one-half blocks from the cathedral and main city square of San Miguel de Allende. Its 37 rooms and suites are spread amongst six Colonial mansions, including  Casa del Parque, a fort in the 17th century and later a customs house catering to the silver trade; and Casa Principal, the former residence of San Miguel de Allende’s Archbishop in 1580 and an official historical landmark. In December of 2008 six new suites were unveiled in a new house, Casa de Las Palmas. www.casadesierranevada.com