Melbourne creative studio Maison Davis is pleased to announce that it is bringing out culinary heavy weight Richard Ampudia, synonymous with top New York Mexican eateries L’Esquina, Super Linda, Bar Bruno and London’s La Bodega Negra to Melbourne this March for a series of events at its own Mexican haunt Touché Hombre.
Coinciding with the annual Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, Touché Hombre will host a string of dinners, Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th March, specially designed by Ampudia to excite Melbourne foodies with the flavours of his Mexican heritage and to get a taste of what New Yorkers have been raving about.
Ampudia grew up in Mexico City in the 1970’s with deep traditional culinary roots passed down through his ancestors. Moving to New York City in 1986 in pursuit of a career as a filmmaker, Ampudia cooked to pay his way before realising his true passion lay in educating New Yorkers on authentic Mexican flavours and cookery that he inherited from his Grandmother.
Through years of hospitality experience at some of New Yorks hottest hang outs including ‘Lucky Strike’ of SoHo and ‘Vera Cruz’ of Williamsburg. Ampudia developed a stand out reputation, earning him the invite to create the ‘La Esquina’ menu in 2005. L’Esquina is one of the hottest restaurant’s in New York with lines outside on most nights and is not only renowned for exceptional Mexican food, its celebration of the art and culture of Mexico City and kicking off a world-wide Mexican food love craze.
The Godfather of Mexican street food, Ampudia, visit will also lead an exclusive ticketed Masterclass, sharing his unique knowledge of Mexican food preparation and traditional ingredients and techniques.
To top it all off, Touché Hombre will be hosting a fiesta that will take please on its rooftop and celebrate traditional Mexican street food and the culture of Mexico City.
Davis Yu, Chief at Maison Davis, first met Ampudia by chance whilst travelling in Hong Kong. The two share the same passion for Mexican culture and culinary and cannot wait to further educate the Melbourne food scene in March.
“We are thrilled to welcome Richard to Australia for the first time and in particular Melbourne. He brings with him an endless supply of energy and love for Mexican food and culture and we are looking forward wait to see what he is set to dish up at Touché Hombre,” said Yu.
Touché Hombre launched in March 2012 and is a mash-up that pits Melbourne street culture verses Mexican taco culture.