Paola Briseño González is a proud Pata Salada, that's Mexican coastal surf-speak for a native of Puerto Vallarta. Having been born and raised in Puerto Vallarta, a coastal city rich in culinary tradition and culture. Paola comes from a restaurant family that started two of some of the first restaurants in the 1960’s in Puerto Vallarta. She grew up in the kitchen where alongside her mother and her eleven aunts, lived the traditions of coastal cuisine and traditional cooking.
Paola studied Design at ITESO University in Guadalajara and then graduated majoring in Design Research with a minor in Culinary Arts and Sustainability in Portland, Oregon. And it was in Oregon where she followed her passion for food. She trained under respected James Beard Award-Winner Best Chef Northwest Cory Schreiber, and worked as a food research analyst at The Food Innovation Center, where she conducted consumer testing studies and developed several large-scale supermarket product recipes for everything from popular fruit and nut bars, to salmon burgers, yogurt and pouched Pacific Northwest tuna.
Paola moved to Los Angeles in 2011 where she has worked as a Community Producer for radio station KCRW 89.9. She is currently the Creative Coordinator for The Taste of Mexico Association, the flagship organization of restaurant exponents of authentic Mexican cuisine in Los Angeles. She is the organizer of the association’s annual food event on Hispanic Heritage Month.
Paola is currently leading week-long food and culture tours to Puerto Vallarta through her company, México Feeds Me. Sign up here: http://mexicofeedsme.com/
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