Revelations: Ximena Gayosso Gonzalez, head chef, Madera at Treehouse London

06 January 2022
Revelations: Ximena Gayosso Gonzalez, head chef, Madera at Treehouse London

What was your first job?

Working in a family coffee shop

What was your first job in catering?

Dulce Patria (in Mexico City)

What do you normally have for breakfast?

Eggs and toast

Which is your favourite restaurant?

Sabor by Chef Nieves Barragán Mohacho (in Mayfair, London)

What is your favourite drink?

Carajillo or Cuba libre

What is your favourite food?

Breaded chicken with avocado, tomatillo salsa and salad

Which ingredient do you hate the most?


What flavour combinations do you detest?

None, completely the opposite. I always get amazed about how weird combinations work perfectly together

What do you always carry with you?

My bottle of Bach Rescue

Which person in catering have you most admired?

Martha Ortiz and my ex sous chef Tonatiuh Cuevas

If you had not gone into catering, where do you think you would be now?

Maybe I would have become a psychologist

Describe your ultimate nightmare?

Driving my car and realising the brakes weren't working

Tell us a secret...

I'm scared of the sea

What irritates you most about the industry?

That some men still can't process that women can also be in charge of a kitchen

What's your favourite film?

Billy Elliot and The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas

Who would play "you" in a film about your life?

Salma Hayek

What's your favourite book?

Like Water For Chocolate by Laura Esquivel and The Whole Fish cookbook by Josh Niland

What is your favourite prepared product?

Any snack bar that contains dark chocolate, nuts, cereals and oranges

If you had more time, what would you do?

I'd spend more time travelling and doing recipe research

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