Andrea Gray began her culinary
journey in the kitchens of New York City’s Little Italy. At the age of 16, as an au pair in France, Andrea began to explore Provençal cooking. When she married, her mother-in-law taught her the Puerto Rican cuisine of her husband's home. She added to this foundation as Executive Chef/Owner of Tai-Pan Diane, an Asian fusion restaurant in New York’s City Island.
But it wasn’t until Chef Gray discovered the authentic ingredients and time-honored techniques of Mexico’s amazing culinary heritage, that "I really came into my own as a chef. As I built my guest house, Casa de la Tia, in Central Mexico, I watched and learned as the women used recipes and cooking techniques passed through the generations".
These, along with the culinary history behind the dishes, are collected in her cookbook, Celebraciones Mexicanas: History, Traditions and Recipes , co-written with Adriana Lahl.
Andrea writes a blog on food, culture and life in San Francisco's Mission District, MY MISSION: TASTE OF SAN FRANCISCO, and is working on her second cookbook. Her memoir, Survivor, was published in the collection Because I Said So: 33 Mothers Write About Children, Sex, Men, Aging, Faith, Race, & Themselves, edited by Camille Peri and Kate Moses in 2005.
Sous Chef Marie de Jesus
We are excited to welcome Marie de Jesus directly from San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where she has been working with local chefs including Chef Armando Prats of Lolita (SMA) and attending culinary school for the past four years.
(Chef Gray's daughter) has been helping in the kitchen and serving guests for the past five years. She is also our assistant Pastry Chef, and produces an array of great desserts!
Mike Kelly is our Margarita Master and Head Bartender. He's been part of the team for five years, and prides himself on the quality of his drinks--- and his great smile!