Pop-Up Chef

R. Joseph Gomez

SAN FRANCISCO

About R. Joseph Gomez

Born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, a deep-south region of Texas along the border of Mexico, rich with culture, great produce and hospitality, Joseph began a curiosity and passion for food and no waste. Growing up he spend a lot of time in the kitchen whether it was at his grandfather’s Mexican restaurant, with his grandmother making tortillas and mole or with his parent’s at home cooking outside. He soon after, fell in love with the culture of his life partner who is native to the Philippines and the many strong ties that bring Mexico and the Philippines together. After cooking through kitchens in Texas and traveling, Joseph set foot in Austin and spent time at Easy Tiger running the kitchen for a few years. Now, fueled with inspiration, he plans to start a dinner series with influence from Mexican and Filipino cultures, no food waste, house ferments and focus on local produce with responsible farming practices. To Joseph, it is not about him, but about love, others, culture, and the well being of those to sit at his table.