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Co-Owner and Pastry ChefLa Duni restaurants
Dunia Borga describes herself as an old-fashioned Latina. She began taking pastry classes at El Centro College’s Food and Hospitality Institute to learn to make delicious desserts that would spoil her family — never dreaming she would one day become co-owner of a restaurant named after her nickname, “Duni.”
Born in Bogota, Columbia, she came to the United States in 1974 and settled in California, where she met husband Espartaco “Taco” Borga at his Beverly Hills nightclub. They moved to Dallas in 1989, and Duni honed her culinary skills at ZuZu Handmade Mexican Food, created and co-founded by Espartaco. After a stint in New York, where she developed her passion for pastry making, the couple returned to Dallas in 1997, and Duni began pastry studies at El Centro’s Food and Hospitality Institute. “I couldn’t have asked for a better education,” she says of her El Centro culinary training.
Small classes and personal attention from caring professors helped Duni convert her passion for cooking into a successful career. In 2001, she and her husband co-founded La Duni Latin Café to great critical acclaim. By January 2002, La Duni had been named one of the top 20 new restaurants in America by Esquire Magazine and one of the top five by The Dallas Morning News. In 2003, La Duni was recognized as one of the best restaurants in America by the Zagat Guide and Gourmet Magazine, as well as one of the 50 best Hispanic restaurants in the nation by Hispanic Magazine, among many other culinary honors.
Duni’s talents and her award-winning pastries draw a loyal clientele — including her former El Centro culinary instructors — to her restaurants. ”Family is not just blood,” she says. “Family is the people you share a meal with.”
La Duni Latin Café is located at 4620 McKinney Ave., 214-530-7300; La Duni Latin Kitchen & Baking Studio is located at 4264 Oak Lawn in The Shops of Highland Park, 214-520-6888; and La Duni Latin Kitchen & Coffee Studio at Northpark is located on the north side of the mall under the movie theater, 214-987-2260.