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About Luis Valenzuela:

Luis Valenzuela was born in Guadalajara, Mexico. He moved to Canada in 2001, beginning his career at North 44 restaurant under renowned chef Mark McEwan. He apprenticed much of the time under executive chef Andrew Ellerby, and attributes much of his knowledge and passion to this experience. Luis also worked under renowned Italian chef Bruno Barrbieri in Verona, Italy, and with chef Adolfo Munoz from Toledo, Spain. His career so far has shaped him as the chef of Café Cinquecento in 2008, and today Luis is one of the youngest accomplished chefs of the city, running the kitchen of Torito Tapas Bar in Kensington Market. Luis is also the co-founder of Texturas; an organization that seeks to import Mexican vanilla with a reduced carbon footprint while connecting communities here and in Mexico.

Taco Takedown Featured Chef: Luis Valenzuela


Find yourself at the intersection of food, music and culture in this fun-filled spicy celebration.

Help us kick off Hot & Spicy's 15th anniversary with a bang as we crown the best tacos in the city! This Mexican dish has officially invaded Toronto, but we need your help to determine which taco reigns supreme!

Top chefs from across the city will share their own spin on this tasty snack. Purchase a sampler platter of these creations and you’ll get to determine the winner!

Take in the ambience of our pop-up taqueria – savour tacos, music and other delicious treats. It’s a perfect kick-off to a weekend full of celebrations!

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