MDR®Ambassadors' Breakfast

Friday, May 10, 2024
from 8:30 am to 11 am
Residence of H.E. Ambassador of Spain
2350 Foxhall Rd NW,
Washington, DC 20007

Join us to discover the unique appeal of Spanish Cuisine!

A thought leadership and influential breakfast that celebrates the healthy profile of the Mediterranean lifestyle, with emphasis on ethics and good practices.

By invitation only

Thanks to our sponsors


H.E. Ambassador Àngeles Moreno, Embassy of Spain: Welcoming Remarks

Mercedes Sotos Prieto, PhD, Professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid: “Mediterranean Diet, Cardiovascular Health and real world applications”

José Luis Kaiser, Head of the Economic and Commercial Office, Embassy of Spain: “The Role of commerce on the Mediterranean Diet”

Ruben Sánchez, Agricultural attaché, Embassy of Spain: “Mediterranean Diet: food policy and quality of the foods from Spain”

Chef Danny Lledó, owner and chef of Xiquet, Restaurants from Spain: “Different culinary uses of the Mediterranean products”


Bread with EVOO

Pan tumaca

Assorted charcuterie and cheeses
from Spain


Traditional Spanish omelet

Gazpacho and Ajoblanco


Tortas Inés Rosales

Arroz con leche (rice with milk)

Typical Spanish torrijas

Fresh fruit

Assorted coffee

Fresh orange juice


H.E. Ambassador Àngeles Moreno was born in Madrid in 1968 and ​holds a Law Degree from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. She ​joined the Spanish Foreign Service in 1994.​

Until her appointment, she was Secretary of State for Foreign and Global Affairs since 2021. Previously, she held positions in the Presidency of the Government as Director of the Cabinet of the Secretary General, in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union, and Cooperation as Undersecretary and Secretary of State for International Cooperation, in the Ministry of the Interior as Director General of International Relations and Foreign Affairs, and in the Ministry of Defense as Director of Cabinet of the Secretary of State for Defense.

In her career as a diplomat abroad, the Ambassador has been posted in Russia, Panama, Egypt, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.​

Mercedes Sotos Prieto, PhD is a nutritional epidemiologist trained in Europe and Harvard Chan School of Public Health. She is currently a Ramon y Cajal Assistant Professor at the University Autonomous of Madrid and an Adjunct Professor at Harvard Chan School of Public Health.

Her current research focuses on dietary patterns, especially Mediterranean diet, lifestyle, cardiovascular diseases, and healthy aging, with special interest in translational nutritional epidemiology.

Additionally, during the last years she got funding to evaluate the metabolic signature of the Mediterranean diet. She had a strong record of publications (>100 publications) in high impact journals as first author such as Circulation or the New England Journal of Medicine and she is principal investigator of many funded projects.

José Luis Kaiser has more than 20 years of working experience in Spain, Europe, America and Asia. Five areas: public policy, public sector financing, business promotion, institutional relations and academe. Solid economic, financial, and institutional background. Managerial and negotiation capabilities in multi-cultural, multi-language and economically diverse environments.

Ruben Sánchez is born in Madrid (Spain) in 1974.

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Master of Public Policy. Dr. Sánchez first worked in practice (small animals) and later as official veterinary surgeon, M.R.C.V.S. for the Meat Hygiene Service in the UK (Birmingham and Manchester)

Back in Spain he became a civil servant as a member of the Spanish National Veterinary Corps (Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food) working in different fields like pigmeat, poultry and eggs markets; agricultural studies; agricultural trade.

Having interest in the field of international agricultural relations, he made a stage at the Agricultural Office of Spain in Paris, he was later appointed as Agricultural Counselor (Veterinary and CAP – Animal products) in the Spanish Permanent Representation to the European Union.

After a five-year period in Brussels, he worked as chief of staff of the Director General of Animal and Plant Health of the Spanish Ministry, and then served for five years as a counselor in the Minister’s Cabinet. Currently he is the Attaché of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food at the Embassy of Spain in Washington, D.C.

Chef Danny Lledó - It’s fitting that Chef Danny Lledó’s nickname as a child living in his father’s hometown of Dénia in Spain was “Xiquet de casa,” which means “local boy.” This nickname, which now adorns his MICHELIN Star restaurant in Washington DC, speaks not only of his childhood years in Valencia, but also of his deep roots in the DC area where he now makes his home and has owned and operated restaurants for many years.

Chef Danny, owner of Bacora Hospitality, was born in Takoma Park, Maryland, not far from where he now lives. On his daily commute down to the Glover Park neighborhood where his restaurants are located, he passes many landmarks that remind him of his years in the area. When he arrives at work and begins to light the wood fires in his glass-enclosed kitchen at Xiquet (chee-KETT), he is transported to a different era of his childhood, in the town of Dénia, with its freshly-caught seafood, abundant local produce, and world-famous rices and paellas.

As the son of an accomplished Spanish chef, it might seem inevitable now that Danny would be where he is today. But his path to becoming the most awarded paella chef in the US and owner of two notable restaurants has not always been a straight one. During his college years at The University of Maryland in College Park, he studied finance (while working in restaurants, of course). After graduation, he began financial consulting. But over the years, the pull of hospitality became too strong to ignore, and he turned his gaze back toward the kitchen.

The years in the DC area and in Dénia, his Spanish and Portuguese heritage, his experience in renowned restaurants, and his strong foundation in finance all come together at Xiquet. From carefully sourcing the finest products for his tasting menu and wine collection, to ensuring his fine dining restaurant survived a global pandemic that began just two weeks after opening its doors, every aspect in Chef Danny’s career has contributed to his current success.

From running around the kitchens of his father’s friends as a boy in Valencia to earning his first MICHELIN star for a restaurant he created to honor his father, there’s perhaps never been a more fitting story for the classic headline of “local boy makes good” than that of Chef Danny Lledó.

Chef Danny Lledó is the owner of Xiquet, where his Mediterranean heritage inspires his award-winning modern Spanish tasting menu. Recipient of a Michelin Star since 2021 and AAA’s Five Diamonds since 2022, Chef Danny is proud to continue the family tradition of culinary excellence, following in the footsteps of his father, who is an accomplished chef from Denia, Spain. Lledó also honed his restaurant skills working at top Spanish restaurants for José Andrés’ Think Food Group, Taberna del Alabardero and Botin (known for being the world’s oldest restaurant).