Lesley Téllez

Freelance Writer and Mexico Culinary Guide

Location
Greater New York City Area
Industry
Writing and Editing
Current
  1. Eat Mexico,
  2. (self employed),
  3. Self Employed
Previous
  1. Quick and The Dallas Morning News,
  2. Self-employed,
  3. San Antonio Express-News
Education
  1. Escuela de Gastronomía Mexicana
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Background

Summary

Energetic and passionate writer, cook and researcher, with a keen interest in Mexican cuisine and Mexican culture. Eight years of professional journalism experience means I'm skilled at turning out polished, concise copy on deadline and connecting with people on a wide variety of subjects.

Currently using those strengths to become one of Mexico City's few English-speaking Mexican food authorities. In July 2010, I co-founded a private culinary tourism business called Eat Mexico that offers street food, taco and market tours for tourists in Mexico City and Puebla.

As a culinary guide with extensive knowledge of Mexican food, I've been quoted in articles by The New York Times, The Washington Post, Agence France-Presse and McClatchy Newspapers. In July 2011, Travel+Leisure magazine featured me as a "Top Global Culinary Guide." My personal Mexican food and travel blog, The Mija Chronicles, has also been recognized by Saveur Magazine and NBC Latino.

I'm currently writing a cookbook on Mexico City street and market food to be published in 2015 by Kyle Books.

Specialties: Writing, editing, cooking, Mexican food, Mexican culinary culture

Experience

Owner

Eat Mexico
– Present (4 years 4 months)Mexico City Area, Mexico

Currently the sole owner and operator of Eat Mexico, a culinary tourism company I co-founded that focuses on private tours of Mexico City's tacos, markets and street food. Eat Mexico, in addition to being highly ranked on TripAdvisor, has been featured in Travel + Leisure magazine, The Sydney Morning Herald and other publications.

My duties include managing a staff of four part-time workers, developing new tours and routes, maintaining a website and social media presence, and ensuring that clients receive excellent customer service.

Freelance Writer

(self employed)
– Present (5 years 11 months)Mexico City Area, Mexico

Writing travel and culture articles primarily with a Mexico or Mexican food focus. Clients have included Zagat (part of the team behind the first Mexico City restaurant guide), The Los Angeles Times, Food & Wine, Culinary Backstreets, Mamiverse.com, Fox News Latino.com and American Way magazine.

Blogger

Self Employed
– Present (5 years 9 months)Greater New York City Area

My personal blog, The Mija Chronicles, focuses on Mexican food, travel and photography, as well as Mexican recipes and culinary exploration. It was named one of Saveur Magazine's Best Food Blogs in 2012, and it has also been featured on The Los Angeles Times' La Plaza Blog, The Houston Press, Matador Travel and more.

Staff Writer

Quick and The Dallas Morning News
(2 years 8 months)

Built up the Dallas nightlife beat to become the most recognized media voice in local nightlife entertainment. Wrote a weekly column, co-founded a nightlife blog, appeared in short nightlife TV segments on the local ABC affiliate, and wrote short stories about food, cocktails, fashion and more.

Freelance Writer

Self-employed
(5 months)

Freelanced travel articles, profiles and features. Work appeared in The Dallas Morning News, Daily Candy, Coral Gables Living and The San Antonio Express News.

Staff Writer, Conexion

San Antonio Express-News
(1 year 6 months)

Lead writer for the San Antonio Express-News' new bilingual weekly, aimed at the city's Latino population. Wrote and brainstormed cover stories, and feature news items.

Staff Writer, Metropolitan section

The Dallas Morning News
(3 years 6 months)

Covered neighborhoods, city government, police and courts in the city's Richardson and Denton County bureaus.

Languages

  1. English

    Native or bilingual proficiency
  2. Spanish

    Full professional proficiency

Skills

  • Blogging
  • Journalism
  • Magazines
  • Travel Writing
  • Marketing Communications
  • Editing
  • Publications
  • Storytelling
  • Entertainment
  • Writing
  • Food Writing
  • Social Media
  • Feature Articles
  • Photography
  • Web Content
  • News Writing
  • Publishing
  • Newspapers
  • Editorial
  • Cooking
  • Hospitality
  • Recipes
  • Television
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Education

Escuela de Gastronomía Mexicana

Diplomado en Specialización en la Gastronomía Mexicana, Culinary Arts/Chef Training

Graduated from a 14-month program that explored Mexican cuisine and its history, at Mexico City's premier heritage cooking school. Study areas ranged from pre-hispanic cuisine, to the foods of New Spain and modern times.

Boston University

BS, Journalism

Magazine journalism degree with a minor in Spanish. Overseas Study Program: two semesters in Madrid, Spain, with a focus on Spanish language and literature.

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