Tonatiuh is a Nahuatl name that means The Lord of the Sun. Nahuatl is a Mexican Indigenous language that was spoken all around the Central Highlands of Mexico. Nahuatl is an important indigenous language that continues to exist and is spoken in Mexico. The name Mexico is also a Nahuatl name that means The Belly of the Moon, and it is pronounced Meshico.
Tonatiuh is a fourth generation in a family of cooks and restauranteurs, starting with his great-grandmother who in the late 1920's opened a traditional restaurant called Los Volantines in the state of Colima, on the Mexican Pacific coast, managed by his great aunts until November 2013 when in their late 80's, they finally retired. They were great cooks and greatly admired by Tona. This continued with his mother's restaurant-bar La Peña del 33 in Downtown Mexico City, where Tona started his career in this industry, more than 20 years ago. Tonatiuh or simply Tona has spent years working in bars and restaurants in Mexico and Canada. Tonatiuh was born and raised in Mexico City.
He has trained in the last few years at "Le Cordon Bleu Mexico" at Anahuac University, Cancun; he has achieved a degree for Sommelier, learned the art of making crafted beer with Sommelier Ana Cecilia Aranzabal, and he recently finished a Mexican Cooking course with the director of the "Escuela de Gastronomia Mexicana" Chef Yuri de Gortari.
He has worked and learned from great people, he has worked in restaurants and bars in different cities, including, Mexico City, Guelph Ontario, Oaxaca and Cancun. He has been lucky to be working with the best in the restaurant and bar industry, but, life is a living experience and also has had experiences with the "worst". He has participated in many bartender contests in Cancun and Mexico City, gaining top recognitions for his creative cocktails. Tona created Mezcaltender, a bartending contest promoting Mezcal. Mezcal is an organically produce spirit made from the Agave plant. He managed the event, which took place in October 2007, in the city of Oaxaca, involving restaurant and bar owners, distilleries, local producers and bartenders from Mexico and USA.
In 2004 and 2005 he won local awards in Ontario, Canada for best and most popular menu at the Guelph Multi Cultural Festival and the Hillside Music Festival. After a few years he found his place as a personal Chef and since 2009 he has been teaching Mexican cuisine and providing private and personal Chef and Bartender services for those interested in giving the flavors of Mexico a try.