Chef

Daniel Godines Vargas

TUSTIN

About Daniel Godines Vargas

Daniel Godines Vargas is the chef/owner of Anepalco, Maestro, and El Mercado. He started his culinary career as a child, helping with the laborious task of making pozole at his mother’s fonda in Acapulco. He learned the basics at culinary school in Mexico before moving to live with family in Texas as a teenager, where he started working at chain restaurants. Eventually, he moved up to the big leagues with gigs alongside celebrity chefs at the Montage Hotel, French 75 and Charlie Palmer. The last job he held before striking out on his own was a five-year stint with Michael Mina at Stonehill Tavern.

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