Norma Listman

Norma Listman is a chef, artist, teacher, and food industry expert based in Mexico City and Oakland, California. Together with chef Sabiq Keval, she co-owns and operates Masala y Maiz in Mexico City, an innovative restaurant that explores the convergence of culinary techniques, foodways, and ingredients from South Asia, East Africa, and Mexico through food based on the chefs’ family recipes and histories.


Norma Listman began her career in food managing the acclaimed Oakland restaurants Camino and Bay Wolf. Following her passion for cooking, she transitioned to the kitchen and worked under respected Bay Area chefs Anthony Strong at Delfina and Locanda, Dominica Rice at Consecha, Charles Phan at Hard Water, and Russell More at Camino. As both a chef and an artist, Norma focuses on preserving traditional Mexican cooking methods and cultural history and celebrating Mexican gastronomy through various art-inspired dinner performance projects in Mexico and the U.S. She has been teaching mole classes at 18 Reasons, a non-profit San Francisco cooking school, since 2015. Norma also serves as a restaurant consultant for La Perla Hospitality.


Norma studied art history at the Universidad Iberoamericana, Ciudad de Mexico.

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