Kate Chomyshyn and Julio Gua­jardo

MEX­ICO CITY, MEX­ICO

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Quet­zal restau­rant, co-owned by chefs Kate Chomyshyn and Julio Gua­jardo, along with Grant van Gameren (Bar Is­abel, Bar Raval) and Owen Walker (El Rey Mez­cal Bar), opens in Toronto later this year.

What draws you to Mex­ico City?

Def­i­nitely the di­ver­sity of their gas­tron­omy and cul­ture, which they are al­ways will­ing and ready to share.

Af­ter you land and set­tle, where do you go first?

We head straight to Medel­lín mar­ket for some tla­coyos (a foot­ball-shaped masa stuffed with beans or cheese) and fresh juice or hor­chata (with cac­tus pear, gar­nished with pecans and melon)—our favourite is jugo verde made with fresh cac­tus. Mar­kets are the heart and soul of any city, where you can learn more about lo­cal tra­di­tions, in­gre­di­ents and flavours.

Is that your rou­tine all over Mex­ico?

Yes, we al­ways go to the lo­cal mar­ket or street stands where they are cook­ing what­ever is in sea­son with masa on co­ma­les. Masa is the dough made from dried corn that’s been boiled and soaked overnight in

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