A landmark in contemporary cuisine in Mexico, he is the owner of Quintonil, named one of the 50 best restaurants in the world.


A blend of studies, experience, and talent turned Jorge Vallejo—alongside his wife Alejandra Flores, an expert in marketing and the management of hospitality businesses—into one of the most esteemed chefs in the country.

Working as a dishwasher, he discovered that he wanted to be a chef. Born in Mexico City, Jorge Vallejo studied at the Centro Culinario Ambrosía (Ambrosia Culinary Center). After finishing his studies, he embarked upon a long voyage as head station chef on the Princess cruises; and so he was able to absorb the flavors of different cultures.

Upon returning to Mexico, he started to work with Enrique Olvera in the kitchens of Pujol, ENO, and Grupo Habita, where he met his wife. After four years of on-site learning, he became the executive chef of Restaurante Diana in the Hotel St. Regis Mexico City and he sought to consolidate his culinary style by experimenting at NOMA, one of the best restaurants in the world. In 2012 he opened his restaurant Quintonil in Polanco in Mexico City.

The countryside and our native maize varieties are a priority for us; we must use them and learn about their specific uses in each region
Jorge Vallejo