- In February the Culinary Lab was renamed in honor of her professional experience; the Chef was overjoyed and grateful for this recognition.
Credit must be given where credit is due, and the best time to pay homage to someone is during his or her lifetime. This was the thought that motivated the Universidad Tecnológica de Bahía de Banderas (UTBB) when it honored Chef Betty Vázquez’s professional trajectory.
From February 25th of the current year onward, the Culinary Lab of the UTBB will be named in honor of the Culinary Ambassador of the Riviera Nayarit. A native of Tepic—though her heart belongs to San Blas—Chef Betty was overjoyed and reenergized by the recognition.
“I’ve seen my name on my business cards, on my bills and written on envelopes, which were very welcomed when they arrived, but today, I’m honestly very moved,” she said. “I keep pinching myself and trying to wrap my head around the commitment that comes with this honor.”
With 32 years of experience under her belt, Betty Vázquez has been able to position herself among the top chefs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In a voice audibly trembling with emotion, she shared her state of mind with those present.
“At first I was scared, I could have never imagined my name on a plaque,” she said. “Future generations are going to ask themselves, ‘Who was Betty Vázquez?” It’s an awesome responsibility.”
“My faith was renewed and so was my commitment on many levels; everything it’s taken to get here was worth it. When one is born one needs a new identity and to ensure that new life is recorded,” said the Chef.
There were several well-known representatives from diverse segments of society present at the event. José Gómez, chancellor of the UTBB and the host of the event, urged students to follow Betty’s example and become well-rounded professionals.
“It’s an honor to have Betty at the UTBB,” he told his students. “This is a success story based on sacrifice. There is definitely no easy button, you need to take advantage of the opportunities you’re offered so that your sacrifice strengthens your efforts and thus success comes as a welcome surprise; if you don’t, that success will go to someone else.”
The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau applauds the UTBB for the initiative of creating this recognition and especially commends Betty Vázquez for continuing to uphold the State of Nayarit, the Riviera Nayarit and Mexico in general. Congratulations!