Israel Alvarez is an award winning chef, cooking class instructor, and co-founder of Comal, Edmonton’s famous Mexican pop-up restaurant.
Born in Mexico City, Israel started cooking in 1999 through a catering company and in 2000 he furthered his education at the Centre of Culinary Arts in Mexico. In his second year he traveled to Spain to learn under the tutelage of Pablo Gallego, Valentín Otero and Gerardo Copo, well known Chef’s in the city of La Coruna.
He finished his culinary training and in 2003 he took a position at Pujol, one of the 50 world’s top restaurants, where he quickly moved up becoming a chef de partie and then a sous chef where he worked for a few years. In 2008, tragedy struck when he was kidnapped due to his high-ranking position at the restaurant, and Israel decided to move to Canada and start over again. He applied for the Temporary Foreign Worker program and came to Edmonton under the sponsorship of Original Joe’s where he worked for 3 years.
After receiving his permanent residency in 2014, Israel started looking to branch out and ended up on Vancouver Island to work at the Black Rock Oceanfront in Ucluelet. Upon returning to Edmonton, Israel took at job at River Cree Casino where he worked under French Chef Christophe Ithurritze as a chef de partie and later on moved to North 53 to work in the kitchen.
In 2015 Israel became the resident Mexican Chef at Get Cooking where he shared his passion for mexican food. He also has worked as a sous chef at Buco Pizzeria Vino-Bar and Head Chef at DOSC.
Israel is to be found as chef de party at The Marc Restaurant.