Medina

Julian Medina

Kuxe

Biography

Julian Medina, acclaimed chef-owner of Toloache, Coppelia, Tacuba Mexican Cantina, La Chula Taqueria, El Fish Shack and Kuxé has been creating refined Mexican cuisine for 20 years. 

Raised in Mexico City, Julian was inspired by his father’s and grandfather’s authentic home cooking. Trained professionally in Mexico City, Julian later came to New York City and... READ MORE

Julian Medina, acclaimed chef-owner of Toloache, Coppelia, Tacuba Mexican Cantina, La Chula Taqueria, El Fish Shack and Kuxé has been creating refined Mexican cuisine for 20 years. 

Raised in Mexico City, Julian was inspired by his father’s and grandfather’s authentic home cooking. Trained professionally in Mexico City, Julian later came to New York City and enrolled in the French Culinary Institute, graduating with recognitions. 

Since 1999, Chef Medina has created numerous acclaimed food concepts around New York City, and garnered accolades from the food media, including The New York Times and The New Yorker, as well as various high-profile television shows. In 2010, The New York Times’ food critic Sam Sifton praised Toloache’s food and service, and gave it a coveted one star. In March 2011, Julian made his premiere on Iron Chef America: Mexican Chocolate Battle.

Chef Julian continues to open new restaurants throughout New York City, including the rebrand of Toloache Thompson as Kuxé, serving “Cocina de Pueblo,” or “Hometown Cooking,” where the menu celebrates those who work on the team.  He also has a second location of El Fish planned for the Upper West Side for the Spring of 2021.

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Favorite Event

Grand Tasting featuring Culinary Demonstrations presented by Liebherr Appliances

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Cardholder Access

Sat, Oct 16

12:00 PM

Capital One Cardholder Access, General Admission with 15% Discount, Culinary Demonstrations, Outdoor, Walk-Around Tastings, Grand Tasting,
Favorite Event

Tequila Cazadores' Tacos After Dark presented by Toyota

Fri, Oct 15

10:00 PM

Walk-Around Tastings, Cocktails and Spirits, Late Night Parties,