Enrique Olvera and Daniela Soto-Innes are planning to open a new Cosme in Los Angeles

Just over two years after its opening in 2014, Cosme in New York has entered The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list at No.40. Now chef-owner Enrique Olvera and chef de cuisine Daniela Soto-Innes are planning a second branch in Los Angeles and an expansion of their newly opened Atla neighbourhood concept.

In the three years since Enrique Olvera hired her to run the kitchen at Cosme, 26-year-old chef Daniela Soto-Innes has had more success than many cooks have in an entire career. She began 2016 winning the title of Rising Star Chef of the Year from the James Beard Foundation and ended it serving former President Barack Obama at Cosme – something she cites as a career highlight to date.

The pace shows no sign of slowing this year: Soto-Innes and Olvera opened their casual Mexican restaurant Atla in New York’s NoHo last month within two weeks of celebrating Cosme’s entry to The World’s 50 Best Restaurants in Melbourne; now they have their sights set on more branches of Atla and Cosme.

“We’ve been working together for the past three years and we get along so well. We want to open more restaurants, more Atlas,” says Soto-Innes, adding that a second edition of Cosme is planned for Los Angeles in late 2018. She says London would also be a “fun” location for another Cosme, although there’s nothing in the pipeline just yet.

Read the full interview with Daniela Soto-Innes on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants website

Image credit: Fiamma Piacentini