Chef Matías Palomo Reyes of Sukalde - Biography

Santiago , Chile

May 2011

Chef Matías Palomo Reyes was born in Mexico City in 1978. He moved to Chile in 1990. After graduating from high school, he studied culinary arts at INACP, where he became acquainted with Chilean cuisine and ingredients. Looking to learn even more about Chile’s produce, he started to travel around Chile. Palomo went on to work in Mexico, training at the Costa Vasca, one of Mexico City’s most prestigious restaurants, under Owner Lluis Marcet and Chef Iñaki Aguirre. On his return to Chile he joined the opening team of Santiago’s Marriott Hotel in 2000. A year later he traveled to San Sebastián, Spain to train at Juan Mari Arzak’s legendary restaurant Arzak.

In 2002 he went to New York to work at Daniel Boulud’s flagship Manhattan restaurant Daniel. In 2004 he was one of 35 cooks who helped design the menu of the El Bulli restaurant under chef Ferran Adrià. He went on to work at numerous prestigious restaurants in Spain and the US, before opening Sukalde in Santiago. Palomo has been named 2007 Chef of the Year by the Food Writers Circle of Chile and 2007 Best New Chef by Wikén Magazine. In 2008, Food & Wine Magazine included Sukalde in its Go List. His work with ProChile has taken him to Canada, the United States, Japan, Brazil, and Mexico. He teaches at the Cordon Bleu School in Lima, Peru and at INACP in Chile.