About Val Cantu

Val Cantu is the chef/owner of, Michelin starred, Californios restaurant in San Francisco's Mission district. In San Francisco he spent a year as sous chef at Sons and Daughters in Nob Hill, and then quickly began working on Californios. Having fallen in love with the bounty of the Bay Area, Californios first appeared as pop-ups while he searched for a physical space. He was named one of America's Best New Chefs by Food and Wine Magazine in 2017.

Accolades

  • Contributing Chef
    ChefsFeed

My Restaurants

Where I Eat

Behind the Scenes

Chef Val Cantu reviews  at post.venue.name
"Our incredibly tasty Tacos de Hongos with smoked and grilled mushrooms on fresh Oaxacan green masa. A perfect dish for our winter menu!"
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Chef Val Cantu reviews  at post.venue.name
"Our incredibly tasty Tacos de Hongos with smoked and grilled mushrooms on fresh Oaxacan green masa. A perfect dish for our winter menu!"
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"Fall Pumpkin Empanada... For this small bite we slice jicama on a deli slicer, fill it with pumpkin mousse, pepitas, trout roe and use perilla like a tortilla! ¡Buen Provecho!"
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"Thank you to @_tfl_ and @chefthomaskeller for the thoughtful gift! We are so honored to be awarded 🌟🌟🌟🌟 by the @sfchronicle ! This month we are taking part in @chefsgiving ! All proceeds of California wine will be donated to those affected by the Northern California wildfires. Head over to chefsgiving.org for more info. #ChefsGiving"
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