Rising Star Chef Daniela Soto-Innes of Cosme - Biography

New York, NY

September 2019

Daniela Soto-Innes has always been surrounded by strong women who love cooking. After moving to the United States from Mexico at the age of 12, she seriously contemplated a career in food, and at 14, took an internship that turned into her first job. For formal training, Soto-Innes attended Le Cordon Bleu in Austin. She then traveled and staged around Europe, New York, and Texas. 


Soto-Innes worked at Brennan’s of Houston, Triniti two years later, and next, Chris Shepherd’s Underbelly. Back in Mexico, she staged at Pujol, then went to work for Gerardo Vazques Lugo at Nicos. She then returned to Pujol full time, working alongside Enrique Olvera. When Olvera was looking to bring his operation to New York, he tapped Soto-Innes as chef de cuisine. 


At Cosme, she quickly received praise as one of the city’s top young chefs, earning a StarChefs Rising Stars award in 2015 and the James Beard Award for “Rising Star Chef” the following year. Cosme entered the “World’s 50 Best Restaurants” list in 2017,  with Soto-Innes at the helm. 


Also in 2017, Soto-Innes partnered with Olvera on a second concept, casual Atla. Her skill and leadership secured her the 50 Best organization’s  award for “World’s Best Female Chef” in 2019 at 28 years old, making her the youngest recipient of the award. Cosme was also the highest ranking American restaurant on the “World’s 50 Best Restaurants” list. Sotto-Innes and Olvera have plans to open a second location of Cosme in Los Angeles this fall.