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Renowned Mexican chef visits Salt Lake City

Published August 14, 2014 9:50 am

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Carlos Gaytán, the chef and owner of the Michelin-starred restaurant, Mexique, in Chicago, will visit Salt Lake City this week.

Utahns may recognize the even-keeled, photogeneic Gaytan, because he placed fourth on a recent season of Bravo TV's "Top Chef."

But Gaytan's star was on the rise before being cast on the show.

In 2011, he was named "Chef of the Year" by the American Culinary Federation and in 2013 his restaurant received its first star in the Michelin Guide.

Gaytan opened Mexique in May of 2008, immediately impressing guests with a menu that combined his French culinary skills with his knowledge of traditional Mexican ingredients.

While in Utah, he will prepare his modern Mexican cuisine for diners at Frida Bistro and two fundraising events. Here are the details:

Cooking class fundraiser • Friday, Aug. 15, 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. Gaytan will demonstrate the Essentials of Modern Mexican Cuisine during a cooking class at the Harmon's City Creek, 135 E. 100 South, Salt Lake City. Cost is $75, with funds benefitting Artes de México en Utah. Register at artesmexicoutah@gmail.com.

Six-course tasting menu • Available Thursday and Friday, Aug. 14-15, at Frida Bistro, 545 W. 700 South, Salt Lake City. The menu will include cobia ceviche, seafood mousse tamales, chipotle/tamarind duck breast, braised pork belly, and a pistachio sponge cake. Cost is $85; optional wine pairings are an additional $40. Reservation required: 801-983-6692 or ricosbrand@hotmail.com.

Latino scholarship dinner • Saturday, Aug. 16, 7 p.m. at Frida Bistro. Proceeds will help provide college scholarships. Dinner tickets available through the Consulate of Mexico in Salt Lake City. Contact Claudia Benitez at 801-521-8502 x113 or cbenitez@consulmexslc.org.