Bailliage de Santa Fe Proud To Help Send Santa Fe Chef Kyle Pacheco to National Jeunes Chefs Competition
Kyle Pacheco will have plenty of people cheering him on at this year’s national Châine des Rôtisseurs Jeunes Chefs Competition, taking place May 18-19 in Charleston, South Carolina. Aside from his ever-present mom and dad, who’ll be flying out there from Santo Domingo Pueblo, in New Mexico, where Pacheco was born and raised and where he still lives, he’ll also have the backing of the Santa Fe bailliage and the Far West Châines of Arizona, Utah, Southern California and Nevada. Not to mention the many Santa Fe chefs and culinary mentors he’s had over the years, and over the past two months, since winning the Far West regional competition, which was held at the culinary school of the Santa Fe Community College this past March.
Up until only two years ago, Pacheco was still working toward his associate’s and bachelor’s degrees at the Community College (he now has both). But he knew even before he started there, commuting to the College every day from Santo Domingo Pueblo on the train and bus, that he’d be a chef. “When my four brothers and my dad would go out to plant corn and squash, or to hunt, I was the one who’d go into the kitchen,” Pacheco says today of how he got his culinary start. “My grandmother taught me how to cook basic traditional foods. Whatever we grew and hunted”—and Pacheco would also hunt and farm, too, in addition to cooking breakfast for his siblings or dinner when they got back—“she taught me how to cook it.