Chef Carlos Gaytan arrived in Chicago in early 1991, quickly working his way up from pantry cook to line cook at Sheraton North Shore Hotel. After earning a position as Chef Garde Manger, Carlos discovered his creative ability to carve on ice, fruit and vegetables, winning several awards for his talent. In 1996, Carlos earned a position as Chef Garde Manger at the Union League Club of Chicago, ranked as the best private club in the nation. In April of 2004 Carlos became the Chef de Cuisine at Bistrot Margot where he worked with renowned French Chef Dominique Tougne and participated in such events as the Confrerie de la Chaide de Rotisseurs, the Moet and Chandon Brunch and the Annual Flora Springs Dinner Auction in Napa Valley. In May of 2008, Carlos opened his own restaurant -- Mexique on Chicago Avenue in Chicago. With great creativity, love, and dedication he applies his knowledge of French cooking techniques and ingredients to his roots of traditional Mexican cuisine, creating a revolution of Mexican gastronomy. Mexique has received much recognition since its opening, including one of Chicago magazine’s top new restaurants of 2009, best restaurant of 2010 and received its first star in the Michelin Guide in 2013. Most recently Carlos was awarded “Chef of the Year 2011,” by the American Culinary Federation.
The Latest from Carlos
After the Knife: Carlos
Was having his competitors judge his dish the reason for Carlos’ elimination?
POLL: Who Won Top Chef's Last Chance Kitchen?
Cast your vote before the season finale kicks off next Wednesday.
LCK Ep 12: Louis vs. Carlos
Finale: Who will emerge from Last Chance Kitchen for a second chance at the title of Top Chef?
Leaving a Mark on NOLA -- The Dishes
Ep 15: The chefs were tasked with wowing Tom and Gail, then an esteemed panel of judges with a New Orleans-inspired dish.
The Last New Orleans Supper
Ep 15: Before heading to Hawaii, the chefs compete to create a dish that will land permanently on Emeril's own menu.
Trying to Please Roy Choi and Jon Favreau
Ep 14: The chefs tackled New Orleans po'boys for a food truck maven and cooked for Jon Favreau in honor of his movie 'Chef.'
Po'Boys and Inspirational Eats -- The Dishes
Ep 14: The chefs make po'boys for Roy Choi before creating dishes inspired by the watershed moments of their careers.