Chef  Owner Chester Gerl

 

Gracia is the Spanish translation for the word grace. Gerl's vision for Gracia is founded on his deep admiration and reverence for Mexican culture and cuisine.  A palate cultivated by his many years of travels across Mexico and his tenure in Seattle and New York kitchens, Gerl strives to create dishes reflective of his personal experiences.  Sourcing pure and honest ingredients, he preserves and honors the history and techniques of traditional Mexican cuisine.  Gerl imports non-GMO, heirloom corn varieties from Oaxaca, Mexico, then nixtamalizes the kernels in house; the result, fresh masa.  Masa, the foundation and heart of his menu, produces distinctly nuanced, earthy flavors that are reflective of season, variety, geography and craft. 

SOUS CHEF - CRISTOBAL GOMEZ GUZMAN

Cristobal was just 18 years old when he began working with Chester in his kitchen at the Pike Place Market.  Over the course of 13 years, from Seattle to New York, Cristobal and Chester have remained an amazing culinary team, blending both Chef's skill, and experience with Cristobal's passion for his hometown cuisine of Oaxaca, Mexico.  One of Cristo's fondest memories as a young boy is cooking with his mother and learning his traditional family dishes.  His favorite; Veal Milanese with Mexican apple salad, fresh tortillas and homemade salsa.  

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