Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Chef Marcela Bolano: A Photo Tribute


We introduced Chef Marcela Bolano, owner of Mb Catering by Design in Mexico City, to the SMA culinary community back in 2016. 

Her first job was with renowned chef Pablo San Roman. She traveled to Hydra, Greece where she studied and mastered Greek cooking. She returned to Mexico City and started Mb Catering by Design, serving celebrities like Madonna, Jennifer Aniston, Sharon Stone and Filippa Giordano. Later, she accepted a position as executive chef at Como Arist├│teles en Polanco. She opened her own restaurant in SMA, MARSALA cocina con acentos, at Hernandez Macias 48, in late 2016.

Little did we know back then that Chef Marcela Bola├▒o and her partner, Ximena De Leon Campomanes, would go on to create one of the best restaurants in San Miguel de Allende, Marsala, cocina con acentos, serving Mediterranean food with 5 star, world accents.

Chef Marcela Bolano was a candidate on Top Chef Mexico. We love her for many things; most of all the passion she puts into everything she does.

Marsala, cocina con acentos, celebrated its fourth anniversary this past December. To say it’s been the best addition to the SMA food scene in the last five years is an understatement. Marsala’s has made the elite list of the best 120 restaurants in Mexico since 2018.

                                                 Photo: Kouyin

Marcela and Ximena are busy preparing to open another, long awaited culinary gem in SMA: an Asian Restaurant and rooftop, KOUYIN, at Bajada del Chorro 11 (Esquina Recreo) in Centro. It’s now open for cocktails and appetizers and will open the full kitchen sometime late in February. 

Here in a photo tribute to this amazing chef, we look back at some of the remarkable dishes and events Chef Marcela Bolano has brought to SMA over the past four years. The restaurant has always been the total package for that perfect dining experience but when it comes down to the magic, it all starts with the food.

Buen Provecho!

                                                                        Photo: Chef Armando Prats

       Photo: correo 24

Photo: Carlos G. Maier
                                               Photo: Carlos G. Maier

All photographs © Susan Knight York except as noted