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Welcome to Buena Vida Clarendon

At Buena Vida the cuisine featured is traditional, indigenous fare incorporating recipes that have been handed down through generations. Presenting six decades of Mexican culinary tradition is our Gerardo Vázquez Lugo, the acclaimed executive chef of the popular Mexico City restaurant, Nicos.

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CHEF Gerardo Vázquez Lugo

A native of Mexico City, Gerardo Vázquez Lugo is an architect by profession, but he abandoned his promising career to pursue his true passion: traditional Mexican cuisine. Vázquez Lugo inherited his love of cooking from his parents, Raymundo Vázquez and María Elena Lugo Zermeño, who opened their popular Mexico City restaurant, Nicos, in 1957. He completed his culinary studies twenty-five years ago at the Institute of Culinary Culture (CUCUL), where he obtained honorable mention in the Diploma of Restaurant Management, under the tutelage of the renowned chefs Alicia Gironella and Giorgio De’Angeli, authors of the Larousse of Mexican Cuisine. In 1996, Vázquez Lugo was named executive chef of Nicos, and since then, has worked alongside his mother to preserve Mexican heritage through traditional home cooking. Today Nicos cuisine is attached to the precepts of the Slow Food world movement, of which Vázquez Lugo is one of its promoters in Mexico: a cleaner kitchen, socially responsible and above all fair and equitable. Since 2015, Nicos has been named one of Latin America’s “50 Best Restaurants.” In 2018, Vázquez Lugo and his mother celebrated the restaurant’s 60th anniversary and received The Diners Club Lifetime Achievement Award 2019 for their joint contribution to Mexican cuisine.

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