Yanitzin Sanchez

Sharing the flavors of her homeland

Age: 34
Title: Executive Chef
Name of organization: Bar Takito


Bio: Born in Toluca, Mexico, Yanitzin Sanchez loves the aromas and variety of flavors from her homeland. She has gained vast experience in haute cuisine in prestigious venues, such as the Ritz Carlton in Paris and The Mayan Palace in Cancun and Acapulco. Sanchez completed her training as a chef at France’s Ecole de Boulangerie et de Pâtisserie de Paris. She began her professional training at El Instituto Culinario de México.

Her talent and passion for the spirit of food have been honored by countless awards and recognitions, including a prestigious Michelin Award in 2011 and 2012 and Time Out Chicago’s Top 10 Best Restaurants in 2010.

Right now, Sanchez is writing her first book, SABOR. Much more than a collection of recipes, the book presents the process of creation and the redefinition of a woman. It highlights her devotion to love, customs and roots through the kitchen.

Sanchez is also the creator of the Secret Society of Foodies in Chicago, which offers the exquisite experience of “Dining with the Chef.” Sanchez offers up the intimate privacy of her Chicago home where guests feast on a five-course meal with wine pairings.