Award-winning Mexican chef Martha Ortiz has launched her first London restaurant, Ella Canta, in the InterContinental on Park Lane. Katie Pathiaki speaks to the flamboyant chef about going international
Martha Ortiz is fashionably early, perched on a sofa in the exclusive Club InterContinental restaurant on the seventh floor of the InterContinental London Park Lane, overlooking Hyde Park and Green Park.
Denim-clad and glamorous, Ortiz exerts a powerful presence. She soon takes control of the conversation and runs wild with anecdotes and philosophical thoughts. She credits her authoritative yet light-hearted nature to the influence of her mother, who was raised in the north of Mexico, "where women are strong", she says.
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