Chef Cosme Aguilar’s passion for food began in his hometown of Chiapas, Mexico’s southernmost state, where he was inspired by his mother’s passion for cooking. Along with his sister and aunts, Cosme learned to cook traditional Chiapas dishes.
Cosme’s memories of his childhood’s flavors remain his inspiration as he brings New Yorkers a taste of home-cooked Chiapas meal.
Cosme came to the US in 1998. He began working at a French restaurant as a porter before being given the opportunity to work in the kitchen. There he began his education in French cuisine, a discipline he dedicated the next decade of his life to. During his spare time he worked with various chefs, honing his skills in French cuisine.
In 2004, Cosme began working with Winston Kulok as chef of Cafe Henri. In November 2009 he became executive chef of Bar Henri.
A few years later Cosme’s brother, Restaurateur Luis Aguilar pitched the idea of opening a Mexican restaurant where the two could serve their family’s traditional recipes.
Cosme was hesitant at first, as his professional experience was with French cuisine, but ultimately agreed as it represented an opportunity to reconnect with the flavors and ingredients of his childhood.
Casa Enrique opened its doors on March 15th 2012, and quickly established itself as a local hotspot in Long Island City. In September 2014, Casa Enrique was awarded its first ever Michelin star. “We are very proud to serve our family’s recipes to our friends and customers and share a taste of home with them”. Casa Enrique continues this same tradition till this day, while being awarded another 6 Michelin stars in as many years. In addition, Chef Cosme is also a James Beard award nominee for excellence in Mexican cuisine. Join us on this unique gastronomical journey & experience first hand the magic that is Casa Enrique. Buen Provecho.