San Miguel de Allende Boutique Hotel Joins Forces with Mexico’s Internationally Renowned Chef Enrique Olvera to Launch New Culinary Era

Hotel Matilda, a boutique hotel in San Miguel de Allende and Mexico’s most recognized chef, Enrique Olvera, have entered into a partnership that brings his internationally acclaimed culinary skills and techniques to the hotel to create a world-class dining experience.

Chef Enrique Olvera

Chef Enrique Olvera (image provided by Hotel Matilda)

Chef Olvera is now responsible for the operation of the hotel restaurant, Moxi (, and the hotel lounge, Bar Matilda.  He is currently revamping both, including creating new restaurant, bar and wine menus. As of June 21, a new culinary era will be launched at Hotel Matilda and in San Miguel de Allende when Chef Olvera’s cuisine is served for the first time.

“We are thrilled to join forces with Chef Enrique and introduce a level of culinary sophistication to San Miguel de Allende that previously could only be found in Mexico City,” said Hotel Matilda Director Bruce James. “From the beginning, refined, innovative Mexican cuisine has been our culinary emphasis at Hotel Matilda, and now with Chef Enrique on board we are taking our dining experience to the highest international standard.”

Chef Olvera has received numerous prestigious awards and is recognized not only as Mexico’s leading chef but as one of the best in the world. In 2011, his Mexico City restaurant, Pujol ( made the coveted San Pellegrino list of ‘The World’s 50 Best Restaurants’ at #49. When the new 2012 list came out, Pujol had advanced 13 places to #36.

After completing his studies at New York’s Culinary Institute of America, Enrique Olvera returned to Mexico and opened Pujol in 2000. The awards and recognition that followed have been unprecedented.

  • “Chef of the Year” Award from Catadores Magazine’s, 2004
  • “Young Restaurateur’s” Award from Mexico’s National Chamber for the Restaurant and Prepared Foods Industry, 2005, 2007
  • Chilango magazine has given him the “Chilango (Mexico City Resident) of the Year” Award on many occasions, as well as “Chef of the Decade” in 2009 and “Mexico City’s Best Restaurant” for Pujol, 2011.
  • Expansión, Mexico’s most important business publication, named him to the list of “Thirty Most Talented Mexicans”, 2009
  • GQ México in 2009 named him one of the “15 Men of the Year.”
  • Food & Wine described Olvera in 2010 as one of the “10 Most Promising Figures in World Cuisine”
  • In 2010, named him to their list of the “Top Ten International Figures in World Gastronomy”
  • In 2010, and again in 2011, Quién magazine named him one of the “Fifty People Who Move Mexico.”
  • In 2011, he was included in the book Uno + Uno as one of “32 Leaders Who Make
  • In 2011, Travel & Leisure recognized Olvera with its “Best Tasting Menu” and “Best of the Best” prizes in its special “Gourmet Awards” issue.
  • In 2011, when Pujol was named to the prestigious San Pellegrino List of “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants,” this was the first time a Mexican restaurant with a Mexican chef received the honor. Pujol made the list in 2011 at #49, and then in 2012 moved up 13 places to #36.

On June 21st, Chef Olvera will be hosting a special dining event at Moxi for a limited number of VIP guests. Seats will be auctioned to the highest bidders for a historic first dinner to be created and served by Chef Olvera at Hotel Matilda’s Moxi restaurant.

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Susie Albin-Najera is the creator and editor of The Mexico Report, an award winning travel blog showcasing news, deals and resources for the modern traveler. Najera is a writer, author, travel blogger, marketing and public relations specialist and producer. Najera serves on the host committee for Maestro Cares, founded by singer Marc Anthony and producer Henry Cardenas; and on the advisory board for Corazon de Vida, providing aid to children in Mexico. She is also the creator of 'The Real Heroes of Mexico' showcasing community heroes in Mexico and producer of Latino Thought Makers. Najera has been recognized by the Mexican Consulate and Mexico Tourism Board for fostering positive relations between countries and her dedication to showcasing Mexico as a premiere destination. She can be reached at

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