No matter how many ingredients are combined in a pot, the essence of their flavor comes from the pure simplicity of one flame. That is what guides my cooking. While using different ingredients that could, on their own be overwhelming, simplicity is what allows me to get to the essence of their flavor and achieve the delicate balance that exemplifies my cooking.
I have developed a passion for Mesoamerican cuisine from the five native cultures of the Americas that, even today, use local and regional ingredients, many of which are unknown in our contemporary diet. Some of the more familiar culinary contributions from these cultures include chocolate, tomatoes, beans, squash, vanilla, corn, and chiles. In my passion for Mesoamerican cuisine I have come to use many chiles and seasonings that are less common in our culture, resulting in some amazing flavors.
The flavors that I achieve are a direct result of how the ingredients are prepared and cooked. The key is simplicity. By keeping things simple, remarkable things can happen. Flavor combinations and textures that are new and exciting to the palate appear. This creates a satisfaction unique to dining.
I believe that while we all have to eat out of necessity, we can derive pleasure from the simple action of eating. Pure and simple, that is my one flame.