Vancouver is home to some of the best chefs in the world, many have worked for the top chefs and restaurants around the world as well as around the city. Dishing with the Chefs is a series of Interviews with some of the top chefs in and around Vancouver.
In 1991 Maritza met her husband (Juan Gomez) at a restaurant in Richmond, she then worked at Rio Rio in Gastown as a sous chef while her husband was the Executive Chef. In 1992, Maritza started working at La Bodega downtown Vancouver in prep in the kitchen, her husband was the Executive Chef there, she then took over his position when he left. In 2014, La Bodega closed. In September of 2015 the children of one of the owners of La Bodega opened Bodega on Main and Maritza joined and became the Head Chef.
Where did you grow up?
Did you always have an interest in cooking?
No, I never thought I would end up cooking as a career.
Where did your love for cooking start?
I started at La Bodega, my husband taught me, he made me cry as it had to be done right. Cooking fish, pork, and everything. Now my daughter is following in my roots and she is cooking at Bodega on Main, she recently finished culinary school.
Boquernos En Binagre
Marinated white anchovy filets
Piquillo pepper relish
What are your favourite ingredients to cook with?
Onions, garlic, peppers, chipotle
I understand you like to make Mexican mole, tell me about that
My husband is Mexican, I learned to make Mexican food from his family. I make mole from scratch, I also make my own salsas and hot sauces.
Gambas al Ajillo
What are some of your favourite dishes?
Chinese food and dim sum
Ground manchego cheese
What are your Favourite restaurants outside of where you work?
What do you like to drink?
Red wine, dry
(but never drink the red wine and tequila together)
Chistorra Ala Sidra
Thin pork sausage
Croquetta Del Dia
Tell me about the use of chili
In Spain they don’t use chili, but here at Bodega on Main in the Gamba dish we use chili because people like it.
What is your favourite dish to pair with a glass of red wine?
Paella or Charcouterie platter
What are the most popular dishes at Bodega on Main?
Stay tuned for the next chef in the Dishing with the Chef series.
By: Richard Wolak