Maria Mazon – Executive Chef/Owner BOCA Tacos y Tequila
Tucson-born, Sonora-Mexico raised until she returned to Tucson at age 15, her culinary industry career actually began in the front of the house as a server at Papagayo Mexican Restaurant and Cantina. After stumbling into Papagayo’s kitchen and discovering a passion for cooking, she opened a catering company with no formal culinary training before opening BOCA Tacos y Tequila in 2010. She has been on the Food Network’s Chopped, Gnormous Food and You Gotta Eat Here! and Cooking Channel’s Man v. Food. She’s been featured in The New York Times, National Geographic, USA Today and The Washington Post, among others.