Alex Raij

La Vara, Saint Julivert & Txikito 

Alex Raij is half of the husband and wife team behind the beloved New York restaurants Txikito, Chelsea’s acclaimed Basque restaurant, La Vara, an exploration of Jewish and Moorish influence in southern Spain, and Saint Julivert, a petit fisherie inspired by ports of call near and far. In partnership with her husband, Chef Eder Montero, their cookbook, The Basque Book: A Love Story in Recipes from the Kitchen of Txikito, is a deeply personal writer’s debut inspired by the home cooking traditions of the Basque country. Alex distinguishes herself by creating dishes that capture a sense of place without giving up a sense of personal intimacy. The result is delicious, inimitable, and authentic on all levels. A James Beard nominated chef and restaurateur, Alex’s restaurants, dishes, and talent have been celebrated extensively by The New York Times, New York Magazine, Michelin, Food and Wine, Bon Appétit, Lucky Peach, Eater, and many more.