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About Sue

Sue Torres never set out to be a celebrity chef, restaurateur, or philanthropist. And yet in the course of following her passions and philosophy, that is exactly what she has become.

Sue Torres

Sue is the chef/owner of Sueños, the extraordinary Chelsea hideaway where gourmets from all over the country find, among authentic Mexican décor and stellar margaritas, what The New York Times food critic Eric Asimov has rightly called “The most exciting Mexican food in the city.”

The daughter of an Italian mother and a Puerto Rican father, Sue Torres grew up on Long Island, where her grandparents grew vegetables in their home garden and taught her the basics of preparing meals with organic, locally grown foods. Ever since, she has had a sharp eye for selecting ingredients, and she builds trust through communicating directly with producers; therefore only the best quality ingredients are delivered each morning from the producers to her kitchen. Sue’s ingenious dishes, created with great sensibility to the seasons and spectacularly presented, have earned her accolades from The New Yorker, Vogue, Working Woman, Bon Appétit, Time Out and the New York Daily News, to mention a few, and have established her as one of the most revered chefs in New York.

After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, Sue worked at some of New York’s finest restaurants: The “21” Club, La Grenouille, Isabella’s, Lola’s, Arizona 206 & Café, Rocking Horse Café Mexicano and Hell’s Kitchen. She has also studied with Mexican cooking authority Diana Kennedy; toured the markets of Oaxaca with Susana Trilling, a prominent cookbook author and founder of Seasons of My Heart cooking school; and apprenticed under renowned chef and food anthropologist Ricardo Muñoz Zurita in Mexico City. These experiences have made her as comfortable with traditional home style Mexican cooking as she is with Mexican haute cuisine.

Sue Torres

Over the past few years, Sue has also gained wide public recognition with frequent appearances on NBC’s Today Show, WE Network (“My Fair Wedding”), CBS’s Saturday Morning Show, The Martha Stewart Show (“Martha’s Favorite Chefs, Super Bowl & Cinco de Mayo Segments), HGTV (“Top 10 Amazing Kitchens”), The Discovery Channel (“Go Ahead, Make My Dinner”), and several Food Network programs, including a remarkable battle in the Iron Chef America Kitchen Stadium, and guest judge on the show “Chopped.”

Her recipes have appeared in various magazines, including Food & Wine and Fine Cooking, as well as in collector’s editions such as Food & Wine 2009 Annual Cookbook, CBS’ Chef on a Shoestring recipe book, and The Hot Latin Diet by Dr. Manny Alvarez. They can also be found at Sueños’ s website and on several online publications.

An artist of the kitchen as well as humanitarian, Sue has used her renown to serve as a role model and to actively participate in various fundraisers, like the Cystic Fibrosis Organization, Autism Speaks, SHARE Women’s Breast & Ovarian Cancer, The St. Jude Children’s Foundation, and many more. A firm believer in community relationships, she also makes time to give back to the community through children and adult cooking classes and apprenticeships. In the spring of 2011, Sue, together with other twenty-six chefs, was honored by the White House as “Champion of Change” for participating in the “Chefs Move to Schools” initiative, which intends to make children's lunches more healthful and curb childhood obesity. By teaching the next generation to engage in healthy cooking and eating, chef Sue Torres is creating a legacy that will certainly live beyond even her most brilliant recipes.

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