Yuyo is the celebration of chef Maribel Rivero’s culinary immersion throughout South America where she connected deeply with local people, top chefs, and food stories.
Chef Maribel has spent extensive time in Peru, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, and her native country of Bolivia.
Her training in Latin American cuisine included working alongside world-class chefs in Lima, including Pedro Miguel Schiaffino and Virgilio Martinez, as well as with large families in their home kitchens. Her understanding of the complexities of Peruvian food reflects the various ethnicities of Peru: African, indigenous Peruvians, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, and other European peoples. A mix of cultures comes together to explore the bounty of the land from the Amazon, the Andes, the desert, and the Pacific Ocean.
Together with her brother and owner, Carlos Rivero who heads El Chile Group, their restaurants include El Alma, El Chile, El Chilito, Alcomar, and Yuyo. Carlos fondly remembers visiting his sister in Peru, and says Yuyo is a rediscovery of their family’s roots in South America.
“When I visited Maribel in Peru, I was amazed by the cuisine and warmth of the people. I returned to Texas and searched for Peruvian restaurants, but nothing came close to what I had experienced in Lima.” It was up to his sister to bring the flavors of home back to Texas.
Yuyo celebrates the fresh indigenous ingredients, unique cooking techniques of South America, and childhood dining table memories of Carlos and Maribel.