Karime Lopez is serving as consulting chef at Cantina 1511 in Charlotte. We asked her a few questions:
Tell us a little about your background: the foods you grew up with, how you got into cooking, your experience and training.
I grew up in a family that loves good food. I have been taught by my family that I should invest in a good lunch and good dinner because it is culture and sharing. My grandmothers and my mother are my favorite chefs. I became interested in cooking while living in
What do you love most to cook?
I have many favorite dishes to cook. Two in particular are Pescado Veracruz and Huevos Campesinos, both of which are being added to Cantina 1511's menu.What do you bring to Cantina 1511 that is most valuable for the restaurant?
I bring real Mexican food, real flavors, good products and excellent quality. I love and am proud of my food and my culture.
What do you think is the main difference between Charlotte diners and those you've cooked for elsewhere?
The Charlotte community seems to be very inquisitive and open to trying my authentic creations.
Is there one dish you hope Charlotte diners will fall in love with?
Tamales, moles and fresh salsas.
What's the best meal you've ever had, as a diner?
My mother's food is the best in the world.