On this latest edition of the Hot Spot series, Gabriel Ornelas chats with Santiago Lastra, Chef and Co-Owner of Kol restaurant and Kol Mezcaleria in London. Santiago —who is originally from Mexico —was recently named GQ Food and Drink Award’s Best Chef 2021.
Santiago humbly talks to us about working on Rene Redzepi’s Noma Mexico pop-up, one of the most globally recognized pop-ups of all time, and what he learned through that experience which allowed him to explore Mexico’s rich culinary history and deepen his relationship to ingredients and techniques from local indigenous communities.
We also talk about how his journey took him across the world to London to create a restaurant that is somehow both deeply Mexican and British at the same time. Santiago gives us an in-depth look at the restaurant where he marries Mexican cuisine with local and fresh British produce, the Mezcaleria, and the Mexican spirits and cocktails they are offering.
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