Mao Montiel was born in Mexico City. From an early age, he expressed concern about being a designer, however, the culinary influence of his grandfather was the decisive factor to awaken the desire to develop in the field of gastronomy. In 2006, he made a stage in the Estudio de Xocolata de Oriol Balaguer in Barcelona, where he confirmed his passion for chocolate and he finally joined the team.
During that period, Montiel absorbed the teachings of his mentors, Oriol Balaguer, Jordi Sala and Christophe Domange, who led his devotion to the chocolate to transform it into his lifestyle. Upon his return to Mexico, he undertook Dolcenero Montiel, an enterprise initially focused on teaching chocolate courses in different schools. Currently, Mao Montiel and Dolcenero Montiel are concentrated in the second phase of the project, a gallery of chocolate in la Condesa, that serves as the sales room and display of the Chocolatería de diseño – Arte efímero.
This symbiosis of art, design and architecture applied to chocolate arises from the intention of rescuing and supporting culture by the appreciation of the ingredient, in addition to revalue the Mexican work without losing sight of the traditional process that makes each of its products in a unique work of art. The admiration for the work of Salvador Dali and Joan Miró, which greatly used egg shape both, in their works (Dali) and in their philosophy (Miro), are the inspiration and basis for Dolcenero Montiel to take as the standard of the company this silhouette. Work in Dolcenero reflects the inspiration of painters, sculptors, architects, designers, musicians and events in the life of Mao Montiel to create his range of confectionery, chocolate pieces and sculptures.