Born in Cordoba, Veracruz-Mexico, she was exposed to the fascinating world of cookery from a very young age. Growing up, culinary exploration was encouraged in her home, since her grandmother initiated a catering business at the young age of 16, a pioneer in the industry that reached all levels of clientele from Mexican society, celebrities, Presidents, Ambassadors and Governors of Mexico to the Kings of Spain passing the business through generations, sharing her expertise, knowledge and passion for not only traditional Mexican cuisine but International as well. Elia has followed her roots and has brought the tradition of authentic Mexican cuisine to Canada.
Naturally, then, her family wholeheartedly supported her choice to delve into the culinary industry, and enthusiastically supported her studies at The Culinary Institute of Mexico. Elia graduated as an Executive Chef with specialization in Pastry.
Taking bits and pieces from her training abroad, having perfected her craft in countries like Spain, France, Belgium, Italy and Canada, Elia puts a little bit of herself in every dish she creates. She has been fortunate enough to work with some of Barcelona’s top Pastry Chefs, including Jordi Butron, Xano Saguer, Walter Volt, and Ricardo Martinez.
Elia came to Canada in 2003, and immediately put her skills to work. Like any good recipe, success is a product of good ingredients. Passion, dedication and extensive knowledge has led her to where she is today.
She is inspired by her grandmother Luz Del Carmen Dominguez de Herrera and mother Elia Del Carmen Herrera Dominguez as well as Pastry Chef Paco Torre Blanca.
Elia joins Taste this year as part of U-Feast‘s daily special