Patricia Quintana

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Patricia Quintana
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Patricia Quintana en 2011.
Patricia Quintana Fernández

(1946-10-28)28 October 1946
Died26 November 2018(2018-11-26) (aged 72)
OccupationChef, writer, businesswoman, professor
ChildrenPatricio y Francisco

Patricia Quintana Fernández (28 October 1946 – 26 November 2018)[1], was a Mexican chef, writer, businesswoman and professor. She was a recognized international cook and expert in Mexican gastronomy.


Patricia Quintana was a specialist in Mexican regional cooking who was born in México and studied abroad in Canada, Switzerland and France – later returning to Mexico as a recognized chef. She studied and taught ancestral Mexican cuisine mixed with the classical cuisine. She was the owner of the restaurant Izote in City of Mexico from 2001 to the 2013, but resigned to start a banquet catering company.[2][3]

She was the creator of the brand of dressings "Gavilla", a brand under which today has about 16 products. She directed the menus that were served aboard Mexican airlines.[4]

She collaborated in many television programs and wrote articles about cuisine for several newspapers and magazines, both domestic and international.

She was the mother of Patricio Pasquel.[5]

Patricia died at the age of 72, on 26 November 2018 of natural causes.

Prizes and honours[edit]

She was culinary ambassador of her country for the world, distinction that awarded her the Office of Tourism and the Association of Restaurants of Mexico.[6]

She received the Silver Spoon Prize awarded by the magazine "Food Arts"; the Prize of the Gold Laurel by part of the Association Mexico Spain, and the Prize to Employer Restaurantero of the Year, delivered by the CANIRAC in Mexico.


She wrote more than twenty-five books that are references for gastronomic Mexicans. She traveled through every region of Mexico doing research for her books.[7]

Year Title ISBN Publishing Others
The kitchen is game superventas
1992 It populates 968499933X
2002 The sabro of Mexico 9681840364
The kitchen of the gods of the water
2005 The Mulli 9707770953 Group Ocean
Dust of Jade 9709455702 PQ Editions
Practical kitchen
The best of Patricia Quintana
Parties of the life
Kitchen gone and turn
The feast of the Mictlán
Cymbal City of Mexico
The big book of the antojitos Mexican


  1. ^ Rao, Tejal (29 November 2018). "Patricia Quintana, Champion of Mexican Cuisine, Dies at 72". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 30 November 2018. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  2. ^ Start Chefs. "Patricia Quintana Biografía". United States. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  3. ^ El Universal (28 February 2013). "El Izote renace". México. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  4. ^ Madrid Fusión. "Una cocinera mexicana en busca del tiempo perdido". Spain. Retrieved 28 July 2013.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ soyentrepreneur (28 August 2012). "Patricia Quintana: Liderazgo con sello propio". México. Archived from the original on 24 February 2013. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  6. ^ El Universal (4 June 2013). "Los poderosos de México". México. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  7. ^ Sayers., Peden, Margaret (1991). Out of the volcano : portraits of contemporary Mexican artists. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press. ISBN 1560980605. OCLC 23733477.