Alejandra Chavez’s first memories of food revolve around the family kitchen, but her path to the culinary scene did not begin there. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin in communications and business. Having pursued other ventures first, Chef Chavez enrolled in the Apicius culinary school in Florence, Italy, where she learned all about Italian cuisine and wine. She has received training from the 5 star Montebello hotel in Tuscany, the prestigious culinary program in Costigliole d’Asti in the Piedmont region, and obtained her culinary Master’s degree at the Italian Culinary Institute for Foreigners (ICIF) where she was named “A friend of Italian Cuisine.” Her formal career as a chef began in the region of Umbria where she worked at the 4 star Park Hotel ai Cappuccini in a small medieval town called Gubbio. After returning from Italy, she interned with celebrity chef, Alejandro Ruiz, at Casa Oaxaca in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Returning to her roots in El Paso, Texas, Chef Chavez began Thyme Matters in 2004 as a catering business and acted as a personal chef. Eventually, her small business grew into the 140-seat restaurant we know today. Most recently, Chef Chavez was invited by the Mexican Consulate to the world trade center in Mexico City as a representative from the city of El Paso to form a national restaurant association for Mexicans living in the United States. She was selected as a prominent Hispanic business owner for the Paso del Norte Entrepreneurship Oral History Project, and has been recognized in the media as one of the finest chefs in the region by El Paso Style magazine, Sabroso, and the El Paso Times on numerous occasions. For over three years she hosted a cooking segment on the local NBC affiliate five o’clock news program. She has participated in many local cooking events, charities and was invited to the Santa Fe Concorso in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where her flavorful food was savored by hundreds of people. Chef Chavez’s passion is food… Being able to fulfill her life’s passion and serve others is really living her lifelong dream.
When you think of what matters most to you,
think of Thyme Matters.