Diego Galicia and Rico Torres are successfully drawing the line in the sand between Mexican gastronomy and Tex-Mex cuisine. Every 45 days they change up the menu at the award-winning San Antonio restaurant Mixtli in an effort to educate and entertain diners. Andrew Friedman interviews the duo.

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Diego Galicia was born in Toluca, Mexico in 1984. He studied psychology at The University of Texas at San Antonio a few years before graduating from The Culinary Institute of America. While a student at the CIA, he was employed at Restaurant Lüke, owned by Chef John Besh, and a local french bakery where he did Sunday brunch. Weekday mornings, he would do service at Patty Lou’s at the Olmos Pharmacy. Diego has had the opportunity of working back in his native Mexico at Azul Condesa, owned by renowned Chef Ricardo Munoz, and stints at Michelin starred restaurants Atelier Crenn in San Francisco and Moto in Chicago. Mixtli is a very personal and intimate project that reflects Diego’s love and passion for his native country.

Rico Torres was born in El Paso, Texas. Early on, he was immersed in the heritage of Zacatecas and greater Mexico, both in travel and through daily life. In 2013, Torres opened Mixtli with Chef Diego Galicia and has continued to dedicate himself to his craft. Each time a new menu concept is developed for Mixtli, Torres researches for hours at the University of Texas at San Antonio’s library, where he has a special partnership and is able to review historic Mexican cookbooks and recipes for inspiration.

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