Stockholm, Sweden/Press Release/2019.12.02
The Mexican Spirits Gala is an event organized by AliasSmith AB in collaboration with the Embassy of Mexico to thank and honour key decision-makers and other representatives from the HoReCa industry in Sweden for promoting and representing with excellence the gastronomic culture of Mexico.
This year’s event on December, 2nd, was hosted at the Embassy’s premises in Djursholm, and sponsored by AliasSmith AB with support of Arcus Sweden AB, José Cuervo, Barkonsult AB and Original Brands STHLM AB.
The highlight of the event was the diploma award ceremony in the categories: Restaurant of the Year, Newcomer Restaurant and Cantinero of the Year, in recognition for their effort in promoting truly Mexican food and drink in Sweden by utilising essential recipes and techniques for authentic Mexican cooking and mixology.
On this occasion, the Mexican restaurant Mexikanska Monarkin in Gothenburg, was awarded Restaurant of the Year 2019, and the New Mexican restaurant Chelas in Stockholm won Newcomer Restaurant of the Year. Josephine Sondlo from Indio Kitchen at Rio Bio was recognized as Cantinero of the Year 2019. Claes Puebla Smith, CEO of AliasSmith AB, was awarded Recognition of Honour by the Embassy on the occasion of the 15th Anniversary of the company, for his tireless efforts to disseminate the value and tradition of Tequila and other Mexican spirits, among consumers and distributors in the Nordic countries.
“The Embassy is open for cooperation with the HoReCa industry in Sweden to promote Mexican cuisine and beverages. We are also keen on disseminating knowledge surrounding the culture of tequila and the other agave distillates”, said Claudia Keller Lapayre, Chargée d’affaires, a.i. of the Embassy of Mexico, and encouraged the people present to visit Mexico and create a memorable experience through its cuisine and beverages. The Embassy also acknowledged the Mexican National Chamber of Tequila Industry for its donation of high -quality products that were sampled during the event.
During the event, the guests had the opportunity to taste different kinds of Mexican Spirits such as Tequila, Mezcal, Sotol, Bacanora and Charanda, considered a gift from Mexico to the world.
Restaurant of the Year 2019
Mexican Spirits Gala – Restaurant of the Year is given to the restaurant that in a remarkable way has honored the true Mexican Gastronomical Spirit with great craftmanship.
The Restaurant of the year 2019 is given to: Mexikanska Monarkin
Mexikanska Monarkin became right after its opening 2015 one of the most beloved Mexican Restaurants among Göteborgeans and its reputation became quickly known all over Sweden. Here you can find not only great Mexican Spirits and food but also the Mexican design in every detail of the restaurant. The founders of Mexikanska Monarkin are crowning their project with another Mexican restaurant showing the way of Mexican fine dining and paving the way for more to come.
Newcommer of the Year 2019
Mexican Spirits Gala Newcomer of the year Award is given to that entrepreneur/Bar/Restaurant that surprised the industry with its positive presence pushing up the bar where high expectations for Mexican Spirits and Gastronomical Culture should be.
2019 Newcomer of the Year Award is given to: Chelas
From the very first day the restaurant opened its doors Chelas became a hit among hipsters as well as the Latino community from all over Stockholm, just within weeks the rumor of this newcomer had reached every foody fanatic in town and today it requires a typical Swedish spontaneity of two weeks anticipation to book a table. The menu is short but sure in aim, targeting the true flavor on México.
Chelas is a perfect Newcomer and Mexico look forward to see what this group creates the coming years.
Cantinero of the Year 2019
Mexican Spirts Gala – Cantinero of the year is that Bartender that shown extraordinary skills, devotion and passion for the Mexican Spirits and Gastronomy Culture.
2019 – Cantinero of the Year is given to: Josephine Sondlo, that during her 13 years in the industry have inspired and enchanted customers and bartenders about the true essence of Mexican Spirits. Josephine has written and published a book about Mezcal & Tequila, travelled to México three times and competed in several international Mixology Competitions. Josephine uses her platform to promote sustainability and is a perfect ambassador for the Mexican Spirits Industry and therefore rewarded Cantinero of the Year 2019