The best advice I can give females in this industry is to stick together and help each other out.
Knowing exactly what she wanted to do in life came at an early age for this week’s Dish’n Dames feature, chef de partie of Mixtli, Alexana Cabrera.
Born in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala in 1996, Alexana knew by the age of four that her life’s work would be in culinary. Her passion for cooking was fueled by the experiences she enjoyed alongside her grandmother in the kitchen.
At 18 and after graduating high school, she decided to pursue her dreams and move to San Antonio, Texas — an unsuspecting but ever-growing epicenter of culinary excellence.
After working at Il Sogno Osteria, owned by chef Andrew Weissman, she attended the Culinary Institute of America and went to Belgium for three months for her externship.
Alexana returned from Belgium with her eyes set on working at Mixtli in San Antonio, an intimate, diverse and richly innovative exploration of Mexican cuisine. And, in January of 2017, she joined the team.
Graduating with an associate degree in 2017, Alexana now works as chef de partie at Mixtli and continues to grow and define her own culinary perspectives. It is her hope to inspire more Latinos to take on leadership roles in their community and within the culinary industry.