No offense meant, in particular, to Westfield Center, but we’re not really drawn to restaurants in malls. It’s just not where we go when we want to stumble into something delicious. But after reading the San Francisco Business Times profile of Sarah Rocio Gomez, chef at Zazil, we’re thinking we should take a culinary wander through downtown’s big mall.
Gomez has a fascinating resume. She was a sous-chef for Mexican President Vicente Fox, went to Culinary University in Mexico, the Cordon Bleu, in Paris, and the Culinary Institute of America in New York. She’s also a certified sommelier, and even had a newspaper cooking column as a little girl. Here’s what she said about cooking for Fox:
Imagine serving to huge personalities, Tony Blair, Elton John, George Bush. President Fox’s favorite dishes were enchiladas, sopas and mole. We learned how to prepare the mole sauce from his mom.
Dear California Culinary Academy recent graduates, were you planning to get a job as a chef? Because this is your competition. Good luck!