Julieta Ballesteros


Julieta is a native of Monterrey, Mexico where she worked in the Executive Dining Room at Alfa Corporativo. Julieta embarked on her culinary adventure in 1996 and she graduated from The French Culinary Institute in 1998.  She kicked off her career as executive chef of New York’s famed Mexicana Mama in the West Village. Julieta’s training at the French Culinary Institute and her roots as a young and versatile Mexican woman, combine to form her elegant yet hearty cuisine. She has been a guest consulting chef on Gordon Ramsey’s “Kitchen Nightmares” and has appeared on “Martha Stewart Living Radio”. Julieta has also been featured in “New York Cooks: 100 Best Recipes from the City’s Best Chefs” by Barbara Winkler and Joann Krellenstein.  She has also participated in Iron Chef America and in Beat Bobby Flay both from the Food Network.  Julieta is an extremely talented chef whose cuisine is described as modern Mexican with a dynamic French presentation.  Julieta opened her very own restaurant in 2006 called “Crema Restaurante” in Chelsea NY, she is also the Executive Chef at Los Feliz in the East Village and now opens her newest restaurant La Lotería in the West Village.

Jaime herrera

managing partner

Jaime is also a native of Monterrey, Mexico and he brings experience in business as well as the culinary aspects of the restaurant. Jaime has a bachelor’s degree in business administration, a culinary arts diploma from the French Culinary Institute and a restaurant management diploma also from the FCI. He has worked in kitchens both in Mexico and New York, where he has worked under the acclaimed Mexican chef Julieta Ballesteros in her Chelsea based Crema Restaurante.  Jaime now joins forces with Julieta in launching their new restaurant La Lotería in the West Village.