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Meet World's Best Female Chef

Daniela Soto-Innes is just 28, says cooking was always 'the thing that made me happiest'
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 28, 2019 8:11 AM CDT
Daniela Soto-Innes, right, from Cosme in New York, poses on the red carpet before the 2016 James Beard Awards on Monday, May 2, 2016, in Chicago, Ill.   (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

(Newser) – There's a new top female chef on planet Earth, and she's the youngest ever crowned, reports NBC News. The World's Best 50 Restaurants has named 28-year-old Daniela Soto-Innes, who runs modern Mexican restaurants Cosme and Atla in New York City, for its annual honor. "I grew up with a line of really strong women that love to cook," Soto-Innes says of her childhood in Mexico City and Texas. "Mexican food for me has to have happiness and spice and it has to be fun," she continues. "You have to be happy when you’re making a mole or tamales—otherwise they won’t turn out." One of her mistakes, though, turned into one of her signature dishes—the "infladita," which means "inflated." "An infladita is the mistake when you fry a tortilla and it's the most beautiful mistake," Soto-Innes explains. (Read more top chefs stories.)

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