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 employment ventures first, Chef Chavez enrolled in culinary school in Florence, Italy, where she learned all about Italian cuisine and wine and obtained her culinary Master’s degree at the Italian Culinary Institute for Foreigners (ICIF) where she was named “A friend of Italian Cuisine.” She continued her culinary training in different kitchens, including some in Mexico but eventually returned to her roots in El Paso, Texas and began Thyme Matters in 2004 as a catering business and personal chef. Eventually, her small business grew into the 140-seat restaurant we know today.
Chef Chavez and her husband Iván Torres work side by side to serve the El Paso community with only the best ingredients and to provide them with great service and attention to detail. Their life’s work has been dedicated to the restaurant industry with a combined experience of over 25 years.