'Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend': Who is Gabriela Camara? Meet the Mexican chef on Time's Most Influential People 2020
If you thought 'Iron Chef' was a cutthroat show, then brace yourself, because Netflix's 'Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend' is out to prove that it is the biggest culinary challenge out there! While the series has always seen three 'Iron Chefs' take on challengers, 'Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend' will have 5 world-renowned chefs instead -- Curtis Stone, Marcus Samuelsson, Gabriela Camara, Dominique Crenn and Ming Tsai.
Out of these big names, Gabriela Camara certainly stands out, seeing that she is the only one who hasn't been a part of or competed on the franchise before. But with her skill, knowledge and prowess, she is certainly one to watch out for! In the meantime, if you're on the prowl for culinary reality shows to sink your teeth in, you might want to consider 'MasterChef Junior' and 'MasterChef: Back to Win'.
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Who is Gabriela Camara?
Gabriela Cámara is chef, restaurant owner, and author. Cámara is Mexcan -- she was born in Chihuahua City, Cámara grew up in Tepoztlán. She opened her first restaurant, Contramar, in 1998 in Mexico City. Her other restaurants include Capicúa, Barricuda Diner, and MeroToro in Mexico City and Cala in San Francisco.
How Gabriela Camara became an advocate for Mexican food
In 2019, she was appointed to the Mexican government's Council of Cultural Diplomacy and as an advisor to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. In a conversation with NY Times, she spoke about how she wants to be an advocate for every aspect of Mexican cooking. “To have a president who cares about food is an incredible opportunity for Mexico,” she said. “I want to be like Human Rights Watch, but for Mexican food,” she added.
In a conversation with Vogue, she recognised how important her role was in the larger scheme of things. “I have no political aspirations,” she said. “I don’t want to be the governor of anything. But did I want to just sit at home in Dolores Park and run my restaurant and try to win a James Beard prize? I’ve never cared about that. But this is a very important time in Mexico, and having a chance to help more people than just the people who work for me in my restaurants and their families to have a better life—how can I say no to that?” she added. That same year, Cámara was featured in the Netflix documentary, 'A Tale of Two Kitchens'. Cámara's accolades don't end here, seeing that in 2020, she was a part of Time's Most Influential People.
'Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend' premieres on June 15, 2022 only on Netflix.