About the workshop

Join Chef Ruffo Ibarra to experience the design behind creating a recipe, its plating, and surroundings in a live cooking demo. Chef Ibarra is joined by Tijuana architect Jorge Gracia and painter Marco Miranda. The trio discuss the collaborative aspect of design that takes place in each of their fields. The evening is open to all skill levels and a list of ingredients will be shared beforehand so everyone can cook and make a delicious meal together during the session.


2 chicken breasts
1 cup red wine
1-2 garlic cloves
5 springs of thyme
1 tbs extra virgen olive oil
1 tbs butter (optional)

2 cups of peeled and diced red or golden beets
1/4 cup diced yellow or white onion
2 garlic cloves
1 egg yolk
4 tbs extra virgin olive oil

3 sage leaves
500 ml water
1 capsule or 6 gr of soy lecithin

10 cherry or grape tomatoes
olive oil
1 chipotle chile (optional)

kosher salt
ground black pepper


cutting board
sharp knife
medium pot
small pot
1 large freezer Ziplock bag
small frying pan


This workshop was presented live September 9, 2020.

About the Presenters

Jorge Gracia

Jorge Gracia is a Tijuana based architect, principal of graciastudio and founder of Escuela Libre de Arquitectura.

Marco Miranda

Marco Miranda is an artist originally from Sonora, currently based in Mexicali, B.C., whose work has been exhibited internationally in Europe, Asia, Middle East and America.

About Chef Ruffo Ibarra

Chef Ruffo Ibarra grew up in the metropolis of Tijuana, the entrance to the busiest land border crossing on the planet. With training from the Culinary Arts Institute in Tijuana, he went on to work with chefs including Javier Plascencia at Romesco San Diego, Jesús Sanchez of Cenador de Amos in Cantabria, Spain, and trained under Massimo Bottura at Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, a two time No. 1 in San Pelligrino's World's 50 best restaurants. In 2015, he in partnership with his family opened the doors to Oryx Restaurante in Tijuana, and later, the speakeasy Nortico. With a passion for cooking and placing importance in the practice of giving back, Chef Ibarra has collaborated with organizations that help fight food insecurity like World Central Kitchen and This is About Humanity. He is deeply passionate and committed to continuing this work, increasing awareness and improving his local community one program at a time.

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