Eat Mexico is women-owned and women-led—and we have been since our founding in 2010. Read more about our organization and our administrative team below. You can also read more about our team of stellar guides on Our Guides.

LESLEY TÉLLEZ, EAT MEXICO FOUNDER

Lesley, a third-generation Mexican-American, co-founded Eat Mexico in 2010 when she was living in Mexico City. As a writer, cooking instructor, recipe developer, and entrepreneur, Lesley’s work centers on celebrating Mexican culture specifically through the lens of food. In 2015, she wrote Eat Mexico: Recipes from Mexico City’s Streets, Markets and Fondas, a book of 100+ Mexican recipes published by Kyle Books. She also contributed to and edited Nixtamal: A Guide to Masa Preparation in the United States, published by Masienda in 2017.

Lesley’s essays and articles about Mexico and Mexican food have appeared in The New York Times, Saveur, Food & Wine, Serious Eats, The Kitchn, New Worlder, and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications. For five years, she blogged about Mexican food and Mexican culture at her award-winning blog The Mija Chronicles.

Lesley has 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 currently lives in New York City with her husband and two young children.


CHRISTINE MORAVEC, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Christine skillfully manages all parts of Eat Mexico operations, working closely with our entire team to maintain excellence across our tours and develop new products that speak to Eat Mexico’s mission and values.

Originally from Canada and raised partially in Spain, Christine speaks fluent Spanish and studied Hospitality and Tourism Management at Ryerson University in Toronto. She was first introduced to Mexico’s food and culture during an exchange in northern Mexico. In the following years, Christine traveled through Southeast Asia and Europe, eventually landing in South America where she worked as a tour guide for several years. Once in Mexico City, Christine instantly fell in love with the place which she now calls home.

Favorite street food: Fava bean tlacoyos and esquites, both of which I could eat on a daily basis.

Favorite thing about Mexico City: Its cultural diversity and liveliness. There is just so much to do and explore in Mexico City regardless of what your preferences are.


ARIANE RUIZ, OPERATIONS MANAGER AND GUIDE

Ariane was born and raised in Mexico City — her dad is Mexican and her mom is French, which gave her a multicultural childhood. She started working at the age of 15 at her family’s coffee shop, where she learned to love Mexican coffee. Ariane studied gastronomy at the Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana. When she’s not touring, she caters desserts for parties. Baking is one of her passions, especially French pastries with a twist of Mexican ingredients. She loves to travel, and she loves movies and art.

Favorite thing about Mexico City: The variety of food. You can find great samples of regional cooking from all over the country.

Favorite part of the city: Centro Histórico, because it is full of museums, great food and a lot of historical places.


ANGELES PEREZ, CLIENT SERVICE LEADER

Angeles, a Mexico City native, is our reservations whiz, running Eat Mexico’s calendar and directing all client communication. Angeles holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Business Administration, and she worked for years as a high school and middle school English school teacher. Before being hired at Eat Mexico, she operated a gluten-free cake business, brainstorming recipes and ferrying delicious desserts to families all around Mexico City. When Angeles is not processing Eat Mexico reservations and being an all-around customer service dynamo, she loves to cook for her son.

Favorite street food: Anything with a tortilla: tacos, quesadillas or just a tortilla rolled with salt. Tortillas are a staple of Mexican food which makes it so diverse and amazing.

Favorite thing about Mexican food: The fact that lime juice can be added to all sorts of foods: tlacoyos, tacos de carnitas, quesadillas… anything can be enriched with a couple drops of lime juice!