Aldo Ayala




Aldo Ayala is the Executive Corporate Chef at Mercadito Hospitality. Chef Aldo received his Bachelors Degree at the Instituto Culinario de México.


Born and raised in Puebla, Mexico, Aldo’s passion for cuisine first landed him in the heart of New York City. He worked tirelessly towards his American Dream, landing jobs at; Frida Cafe for 1 year as a line cook, El Arte De La Cocina for 1 year as a Sous Chef, Pazza Notta for 2 years as Chef De Cuisine and Loft Restaurant as Chef De Cuisine.


Chef Aldo joined the Mercadito family in 2004 as an hourly employee and worked his way up to the position of Executive Corporate Chef. Aldo is responsible for managing the culinary direction and day-to-day operations of Mercadito Hospitality venues throughout the United States and oversees the opening of new restaurant locations across the nation.


Aldo developed his passion for cuisine at a very young age. Both his grandmother and mother fostered his appreciation for cooking and always encouraged his exploration in the kitchen. Inspired by Mexican cuisine, Aldo yearned to learn more about cooking techniques, trends, ingredients and proper etiquette. He now uses these skills to create traditional Mexican food with great regard to technique and flavor profiles of each bite.


Chef Aldo is described by his peers, employees, purveyors and beyond as a kind man with a warm smile and undeniable culinary skills. He is well respected among the culinary scene and is highly praised for his humble leadership skills.


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