Maria is from and lived the majority of her life in Chapultepec, Huamantla. When Maria was thirteen years old, her mother passed away. At this point, her father began guiding and teaching her how to cook in the traditional Tlaxcaltecan style of her mother. From then on, she has always been the chef of her household. She worked several years as a personal chef in Apizaco and in Mexico City before returning to her roots in Chapultepec. Maria is the resident master of maiz (corn), making fresh, handmade tortillas and atoles using ground corn harvested from her own land.
Doña Elena is one of Tlaxcala's most celebrated experts in traditional Tlaxcaltecan cuisine and often appears at expositions around the state. Elena lives in the small community of Javier Mina, which sits on the border of Tlaxcala and Puebla and in the skirts of La Malinche. This unique location allows her to be the resident expert in the incredible variety of mushrooms that grow in La Malinche, and thanks to her dehydrating, delicious and diverse mushroom varieties are available year-round.
Galo is from the nearby San José Teacalco, where he lives with his mother and son. Galo learned to cook traditional Tlaxcaltecan cuisine from his mother and learned to be a temazcalero from his father; knowledge he is now passing on to his son. Galo is the expert on medicinal and culinary herbs that are native to the area, many which grow like weeds in the fields. In addition to being a talented chef and an excellent temazcalero, Galo is a skilled masseur.