Head Chef & Owner
birth, her hours dwindled more following the birth of their beautiful baby boy, Eliel Bencomo. Noticing a lack of management and experience in the front of house specifically, Monica unexpectedly thought of applying for a spot on the Food Network show Restaurant Impossible. The producers liked their story, flew Chef Irvine and the crew out a few months later, and the rest as they say is history. Now, Monica focuses on being a stay at home mommy, takes classes at UNM, and runs a successful blog on her website MomsWearHeels.com. She teaches other moms how to be healthy and happy with a series of workout videos on her YouTube and shares her secrets with her book entitled “7 Habits of a Healthy, Happy Mom”. Follow Monica on her social media sites listed below to see how she stays inspired to be a healthy, hot mama and for upcoming events and workshops!
Monica rejoices in her new roles: “Elvis and I finally have struck the balance. We both get to live our Pasión now!”
Chef Elvis Bencomo was born in Chihuahua, Mexico. Soon, he and his family immigrated to the United States in search of the American Dream. Growing up, Elvis enjoyed playing soccer with the AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization), as well as varsity football with the Highland High School Hornets. After graduating from Highland, Elvis decided to further his education by majoring in architecture at CNM. While attending CNM, Elvis began working at a restaurant named Berry’s Oasis. There he found his passion and moved on to work at other restaurants and
Reatha has been a server for 32 years. She has been part of Pasión since its first day. “I like working at Pasion because it’s not dull and routine when you work with people that are passionate about what they do…it makes you want to be a part of that.” Reatha’s goals are to continue to grow with the Pasión family and “…be happy as I have always been.”
Monica and Elvis have been married since eloping to Las Vegas in 2008. After graduating from college, she and her husband, Chef Elvis decided on a spontaneous whim to open Pasión Latin Fusion that summer in 2011. Monica’s spunky, lively personality worked great for the front of the house while her husband’s calm, cool, and collected presence worked great for the back. The couple became pregnant in 2012, and according to Monica, “This changed everything, but for the better!”
Although Monica worked as manager, hostess, and waitress until the week she gave
Michael "Mitch" McCord has been working at Pasion for roughly 2 years, and was recently promoted to "Lead Server" after showing exceptional professional skills in the front of house. He is a heck of a baker and is our go to birthday cake maker.
even switched hismajor to culinary arts. Absorbing as much as he could, other chefs saw his potential and his culinary arts instructor even said, “Elvis’ seasoning and taste on food is the best I have had in the last 20 years.” This was also around this time that he met and fell in love with his wife, Monica, while both were attending CNM. A final project in the Culinary Arts Department called for students to create a restaurant business plan including the name, location, investment needs - the whole deal! Upon completing this project, Elvis’ dream was born. At age 23, he decided to open up his own restaurant never imagining a homework project would be a blueprint to actually realizing his dream, Pasión Latin Fusion, and never looked back. Wanting his restaurant to be a local spot in the community where families are always welcome, Pasión soon became known for their “mi casa es su casa” vibe. Since opening the doors of Pasión in 2011, Chef Elvis and his restaurant have received numerous recognitions including “Top 5 Chefs of Albuquerque”, “Best Fusion Restaurant”, “Best New Restaurant” and “Best Kid Friendly Restaurant”. Elvis has been seen numerous times on KOB TV, KASA Fox, Local IQ, Local Flavor, Albuquerque Journal and Alibi newspapers, and now the Food Network.
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Chef Elvis’ mother is his biggest inspiration to his cooking. She is his biggest and most honest critique and he still looks to her for guidance on traditional flavors and techniques. Cooking at home she would have to deal with Elvis’ constant dips with the finger at her food. She is a mother of three, and when not at Pasión making sure each batch of sauce, soup and other foods is as good as the last, she is busy chasing around and helping raise 4 (expecting a fifth) wonderful grandchildren.
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