Lesley Téllez, Eat Mexico’s owner and co-founder, is a journalist, culinary tour expert and Mexican cookbook author living in Los Angeles. Her book Eat Mexico: Recipes from Mexico City’s Streets, Markets and Fondas, was published in June 2015 by Kyle Books, and was an Amazon bestseller. A Southern California native and third-generation Mexican-American, Lesley co-founded Eat Mexico in 2010 as a way to introduce tourists to Mexico City’s fantastic street food and market scene. In 2011, Lesley received a diploma in Especialización en Gastronomía Mexicana (Specialization in Mexican Gastronomy) from the Escuela de Gastronomía Mexicana, Mexico City’s premier heritage cooking school. She has taken dozens of additional cooking courses during her four-year stint in Mexico City, on topics ranging from pre-hispanic tamales to Day of the Dead foods and traditions.
Lesley’s writing, which focuses mostly on food and Mexico, has been published in TASTE, The New York Times, New Worlder, Saveur, Food & Wine, The Guardian, The Los Angeles Times and Serious Eats, among other publications. From 2009 to 2015, she authored the award-winning Mexican food and travel blog The Mija Chronicles. Lesley started her career as a newspaper reporter at The Dallas Morning News.