Matias's Story

Chef Matias Gimenez grew up in Salta, Argentina, a historic Spanish colonial city in the Northern part of the country.  Matias’s parents and grandparents were great influences in his cooking, introducing him to Spanish, French, and Andean dishes.  The culinary traditions of those living in the Andes focus on potatoes, maize, meat, as well as soups and stews, which often include local spices and hot peppers.  Living at this intersection of flavors has offered him a unique perspective on Argentine cuisine. 

Matias started Criosho after honing his skills for over 15 years in several restaurants in the D.C. area.  He wanted to focus on the tastes and flavors of Argentina, as well as other parts of South America.   Matias’s goal is to take you on a culinary tour of different regions of Argentina, offering an authentic experience of its many cuisines.

Katriel's Story

Chef Katriel Menendez, designer of Nativo Condiments & Seasonings, began cooking for his family at an early age, learning from his grandparents how to cook traditional dishes from Spain and Italy, as well as cuisine from his first home, Argentina. As he built his career, Katriel traveled around the world studying a variety of cultural foods from five continents – areas like Patagonia, Dominican Republic, Dubai, Thailand, Senegal, France, Spain, and Italy.

Katriel, who now calls the United States home, believes everyone can cook healthy food with worldly flavor. That’s why in 2017 he began offering American families his six signature blends of herbs and spices. He hopes that with a little help from Nativo, families will be inspired to come back into their kitchens and once again enjoy the culture of cooking flavorful dishes together.

Chef created. World inspired.

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