Iliana de la Vega won worldwide acclaim for her restaurant and cooking school in Oaxaca, El Naranjo, which was featured in numerous newspapers and magazines, such as The New York Times and Bon Appetit. The reincarnation of El Naranjo, in Austin, has been recognized as the best Mexican restaurant in the city. Before the brick and mortar restaurant came into being, Iliana owned El Naranjo Mobile and Catering, a successful food trailer that was called, “the only real Mexican restaurant in Texas” by The Texas Monthly. She is a passionate teacher, and she served as the Mexican/Latin cuisines specialist for The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) from 2007 to 2012. In 2014, the Mexican government granted her the prestigious Ohtli award in recognition for her work with the Hispanic population and for furthering Mexican gastronomy. Also in 2014, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce named her “Hispanic Female Entrepreneur of the Year.” She currently also serves as a consultant for the prestigious Stanford University Dining Enterprises. Along with her daughter Isabel, Iliana conducts culinary tours to different parts of Mexico. Through El Naranjo and the culinary trips, she keeps her dream of sharing the food and culture of Mexico with the world alive. (Austin, TX)