About Josef Centeno

Raised in San Antonio, Texas, and based in L.A., Chef Josef Centeno comes from a family of foodies: his father was a butcher; his paternal grandfather started Centeno Market in San Antonio; and Bar Amá, one of his restaurants, is named after his maternal great-grandmother. His is also the owner of Bäco Mercat, Ledlow, Orsa & Winston, P.Y.T. and BÄCOSHOP.


  • Nominee for Best Chef: West
    James Beard Foundation
  • Best New Restaurants (Bäco Mercat)
    Bon Appétit
  • Best New Restaurants (Bäco Mercat)
    Esquire magazine
  • 99 Essential LA Restaurants (Lazy Ox Canteen)
    LA Weekly
  • Three Stars (Lazy Ox Canteen)
    Los Angeles Times
  • Best New Chef
    Angeleno magazine
  • ChefsFeed Winner
    One of the Best Things to Eat in LA

My Restaurants

Where I Eat

Behind the Scenes

"Texas style french toast @bar_ama 🌵⚡️"
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"Family meal strawberry, miso & nutella dessert break @orsaandwinston 🔥"
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"Confit baby leeks marinated in koji, chiles & coriander🌿🌶⚡️"
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"Nettle ricotta tart with swiss chard, brebirousse, chicories & herbs @pytlosangeles"
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"Puffy BÄCO bread for za’atar dip @bacomercat ⚡️"
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From My Menu