Best known for her delectable Mexican cuisine- Sue Torres is an expert on combining flavor, color, and texture through her culinary art. Daughter of an Italian mother and Puerto Rican father, Torres’ grandparents grew vegetables in their home garden and taught her the basics of preparing meals with organic, locally grown foods.
Sue’s career stems from working at some of New York’s finest restaurants: The “21” Club, La Grenouille, Isabella’s, Lola’s, Arizona 206 & Café, Rocking Horse Café and Hell’s Kitchen.
By the young age of 23, Torres earned much praise at Rocking Horse as her food was cited “the most exciting Mexican food in the city’ by Eric Asimov of the NY Times. She’s studied with Mexican cooking authority Diana Kennedy, toured the markets of Oaxaca with Susana Trilling, and apprenticed under Ricardo Muñoz Zurita in Mexico City.
Helping to start Hell’s Kitchen, Torres impressed the NY food writers and media with her talent and placed the restaurant on New York’s “Restaurant Critics’ Top Picks” for the best “spin” on bread service with her cornbread and black bean dip.
Her ultimate dream, owning her own establishment, became a reality with Sueños in July 2003. Sueños has grown to be one of New York’s favorite hideaways, offering a variety of fresh Mexican dishes, authentic Mexican décor, and stellar margaritas. The restaurant has also been featured in Bon Appetit’s Best Cocktail List of 2004 as well as listed on Vogue’s “Taster’s Choice” 2004, by Jeffery Steingarten.
Sue’s recipes can be found in Food & Wine, Fine Cooking, Chef on a Shoestring, The Hot Latin Diet by Dr. Manny Alvarez, and most recently, Food & Wine’s Annual 2009 Recipe Book, as well as many online publications and Sueños’ own website.
A firm believer in community relationships- Torres makes time to give back through cooking classes, apprenticeships, and charity affiliations, and has worked with the Cystic Fibrosis organization, Autism Speaks, Share: Women Breast & Ovarian Cancer Prevention, and many more.