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2013 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
A native of Puebla, Mexico, Dionicio Jimenez knew from age 16 that he wanted to become a chef. With a profound appreciation and understanding of authentic Mexican cuisine, his remarkable talent has placed him among some of the best chefs in Philadelphia. Dionicio has consistently remained true to his roots, honing a unique style that combines the flavors of his mother’s kitchen with a highly trained modern twist.
Jimenez launched his culinary career in Mexico City at La Vitrola, where he built his way up from a dishwasher to a cook to a sous chef. He continued to improve his techniques and develop his cooking style in Mexico City, until relocating to Philadelphia. Jimenez’s career truly blossomed in 1998, as he simultaneously worked at two distinguished restaurants—as a line cook at Philadelphia restaurant Chin Chin, where he spent three years and at critically acclaimed restaurant Vetri, where he worked as a sous chef for nearly nine years. Eventually Chef Jimenez was offered the coveted position of executive chef at Xochitl in 2007.
In April of 2010, Jimenez paired up with award-winning restaurateur Stephen Starr and became executive chef at a new Mexican hot spot, El Rey. Bringing along his passion and substantial experience with Mexican cooking, Jimenez helped to develop an outstanding menu that is replete with indigenous Mexican ingredients and flavors.
Jimenez continues to enamor patrons at El Rey with his exceptional recipes inspired by his roots. Critics and diners alike have flocked to El Rey, with Esquire magazine’s John Mariani revealing that he “wouldn’t change a thing about Chef Dionico Jimenez’ mama’s home cooking.”
Sunday, September 23, 2012
The Historic Strawbridge Building
8th and Market Streets