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We believe that sharing a meal brings people together. It is in those moments, when we share good food with people we love, that we let our guard down, forget our differences, our difficulties, and build lasting memories. Now, more than ever before, we need healthy community. At our Tenaz Restaurant we provide more than flavor, we nourish family through our Artisan Mexican cuisine.
Have you ever loved something so much that you had to share it with everybody? That's how I feel in the kitchen whenever I cook, crafting flavor with passion and natural, healthy ingredients.
Growing up in Mexico, my father taught me to cook; instructing me in the traditions of family through food. He learned from his mother as she learned from my great-grandfather. My father was methodical, resourceful and detail oriented with a deeper love of flavor than anyone I have ever known. I still carry the passion he instilled in me into my kitchen every day; spending my free time learning new recipes and exploring the artistry of food & flavor.
Along with my passion for food, I have a specific passion for hospitality. Whenever people sit around a table to enjoy a good meal, I see opportunity to nurture a part of the human experience that is often overlooked. To have a perfect stranger (me) express with a meal "you are valued no matter who you are, and I care about you" is nearly a lost art. For me, hospitality is a labor of restoration, and I take great delight in it!
This is what I love and what I want to do with my life. I want to share this reality with others, the food, the personalized attention that reminds you that you are important. I love doing this so much that I would do this for free if the resources to support my family were guaranteed.
I invite you to join me in this journey, and enjoy the flavors of family and history, the warmth of culture, personal value, and togetherness. I believe these things are what matter most in life.
TENAZ by Chef Celia inc.
Artisan Mexican food that evokes the luxuriating flavors of a Mexican vacation.
Tenaz Restaurant represents a dream that was born in my heart in 2017; Still new to Toronto, I regularly hosted different people, in an effort to meet new people. and share my cooking with them! I wanted to get to know Toronto through its people & what better way to get to know people than to by sharing a meal. I will never forget the fire that was ignited in my belly when time & time again people of all walks of life expressed how delightful the moment I had created for them had been, they thought my food was remarkable! I lost count of the times I heard some variation of the phrase, "You should open your own restaurant."
That idea became a beautiful burden in my heart; the vision for the Tenaz Restaurant was ignited. You see, I believe in food. I believe in well balanced, intensely flavorful food with a variety of interesting textures and bright colors comprised of fresh (never processed) meats, vegetables, whole grains and spices. With Tenaz, I am pushing to offer both an act of indulgence for the senses, and health for your body one nutritious bite at a time. When food is made well, health and indulgence are not diametrically opposed.
I believe that sharing a meal brings people together. It is in those moments, when we share good food with people we love, that we let our guard down, forget our differences, our difficulties, and build lasting memories. Now, more than ever before, we need healthy community. Here in the Tenaz Restaurant I intend to offer more than flavor, I endeavor to nourish family through my Artisan Mexican cuisine.
I chose the name Tenaz (from the Spanish tenacious) because in light of recent events I have made the choice to embrace faith with tenacity; launching Tenaz with a dogmatic adherence to a hope that says:
"In spite of all obstacles and circumstances, I WILL MAKE IT"
- Celia Nelson