Chef Cristina Martinez

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Chef Cristina Martinez - Originally from Toluca, Mexico, where lamb barbacoa is a way of life, Martinez serves her family’s signature tacos with a rich consommé made from the drippings of the slow-roasted meat on Saturdays and Sundays.Chef Cristina Martinez - Originally from Toluca, Mexico, where lamb barbacoa is a way of life, Martinez serves her family’s signature tacos with a rich consommé made from the drippings of the slow-roasted meat on Saturdays and Sundays.

Chef Cristina Martinez

Chef Cristina Martinez Chef

An innovator of Central American cooking, Chef Cristina Martinez, came to the united states as an undocumented migrant a little over a ten years ado, Chef Martinez didn't posses the resources to launch up her restaurant, so she began selling meals from her residence. Her cooking grew to become extramly sought after, and she soon launched a food cart and ultimately saved enough to lease restaurant space. Ever since Chef Cristina has come to be an international cooking sensation highlighted on Univision and Bon Appetit which called, South Philly Barbacoa, one of the 10 best in the nation.

Her specialization and claim to popularity is the "barbacoa," a lamb plate coming from, Chef Cristina's hometown in Mexico. The meat, commonly served up with consommé with pancita, is marinated for upwards of 8 hours, then furnished with a little orange as well as salt before being cooked for 4-6 hours.

During the week, made-from-scratch tortas satisfy her hungry patrons. Chef Martinez, who started out preparing barbacoa into her apartment before expanding to a street cart and eventually a brick-and-mortar shop, has plenty of Philly fans, but the country has taken notice. Bon Appétit named South Philly Barbacoa, her first establishment, one of the best new restaurants in America in 2016. In 2017, she merged the spot with sibling restaurant El Compadre. Along with her American-born husband and partner, Ben Miller, Martinez is an outspoken advocate for undocumented workers in America. El Compadre, 1149 S. 9th Street, (267) 746-7658.

Chef Cristina Martinez Featured on Netflix

Netflix recently revealed season 5’s schedule for its famous Chef’s Table show, and this year will feature one of Philly's own. Cristina Martinez, co-proprietor and the chef of the renowned taqueria, Barbacoa in South Philly, as the very first Philly chef to have her very own episode in the Netflix series.

Martinez, who incorporates her reputation as a celebrated chef and illegal immigrant to increase attention of awareness of immigrant rights: Chef Martinez and spouse Ben Miller relocated their popular eatery into a larger restaurant space this year at the Italian Market. She also made an appearance on David Chang’s Ugly Delicious, yet another Netflix presentation, in addition to being included on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee on the undocumented workforce and the United States food industry.


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