Alexandra Raij and Eder Montero are the New York City-based chefs and owners of El Quinto Pino, La Vara, and Txikito—New York's only Basque restaurant. Raij's food has won numerous accolades, including New York magazine's "Best Tapas" and Time Out New York's "Most Addictive Bar Snack." In 2009, Travel & Leisure named Txikito one of its 50 Best New U.S. Restaurants. Raij was voted Eater's 2012 Chef of the Year and featured as one of Bon Appétit's six picks for its 2008 feature "Women Chefs: The Next Generation." She has appeared on Iron Chef America, Food Curated, Foodography, and No Reservations three times.