Who are the chingones?

Basit Nasim is the co-founder and creative heart of restaurant brands Chuck Burgers and HotBox. Prior to hospitality, Basit was a successful Hedge Fund Trader, but after a decade in that industry decided to take a leap of faith to open his own restaurants. Chuck Burgers was an exciting Burger and Cocktails concept and is now a residency within the extremely successful Big Chill bars in King Cross and Brick Lane. The next project, HotBox, was one of the founding members of the barbecue revolution that occurred in London over the last decade. An authentic smokehouse combining traditional smoking techniques with vibrant flavours and spices found in the diversity of London’s food culture. Hotbox was a game changer and now has three sites across London. The flagship site in Spitalfields boasts onsite wood smokers, 80 seat capacity and a separate basement cocktail bar called 46 & Mercy. Chingon is the newest addition to this exciting portfolio. Basit teamed up with his old friend and Mexican F&B svengali, Eduardo Gomez, and the pair have transported the incredible energy and passion of Mexico street food to the UK.

Daniel Sanchez Vargas is an accomplished name within the hospitality industry. From the young age of 12, he grew up making tacos in his brothers Taqueria (Tacos Sanchez) until he relocated to Los Angeles, USA. During this time he catered to a devoted clientele in La Garibaldi Mexican restaurant as sous chef. He was then named sous chef in Fiesta Mexicana, another household name within the Mexican cuisine. During this time he acquired a vast amount of knowledge, surpassing his own standards on a regular basis. In 2008 he emigrated to the Canary Islands where he was immediately offered a position as head chef in Mexico Lindo (South Tenerife).

In order to accumulate an extensive training in the field, within different cultures and countries, he also obtained a sous chef position in El Mexicano Banus, in Marbella Spain as well as a sous chef position on Oaxaca Stratford.

As his career took off and his name within the Mexican gastronomy continued to grow he he became the head chef in Mezcal Cantina we they won the Lukas Awards for authenticate Mexican cuisine. In 2014 he felt it was time to launch his own establishment and share his training with his loyal clientele.

Along with partners he opened La Piñata in Dalston. Alongside his trajectory in becoming one of the most renowned names in Mexican cuisine, he had also obtained positions as head chef in Comensal in Clapham, Dulce Patria Mexico DF, head chef at Cheeky Chicos Blackfrias & opened Ella Canta at the Intercontinental Hotel Hyde Park, in 2017.

Eduardo Gomez  throughout his trajectory and immense love for Mexican beverages and cuisine, has acquired a vast knowledge of the industry. He single handedly managed to grow Corona Extra beer from 500k cases per year to 6.5M cases per year, making it the number 1 PPL (premium packed lager in the UK. He has been responsible for importing the first artesanal mezcals throughout the UK. The accomplishments and passion continued to grow as he became the founder of the largest Tequila and Mezcal festival in Europe, Tequila Fest. He decided it was time launch his own projects and became co-owner of one of the largest importers of Mexican food in the UK. At present all his accomplishments and the affection that he obtained for the Mexican traditions and gastronomy, have brought him to embark on one of his most exciting projects so far, working for one the most exhilarating Mexican restaurants in 2020.

These three creative minds will bring you the intoxicating flavors of mexican street food for you to enjoy in the most amazing enviroment!

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