Josef Centeno at Bäco Mercat

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.

Accolades

  • 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

Chef Josef Centeno reviews  at post.venue.name
"Nacho compuestas time @bar_ama 💥👅🌶"
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"Such deep and rich colors on this beautiful hoja santa leaf. It has been steamed quickly & dried slightly. A turnip is about to be wrapped 🌿⚡️ and for the meat eaters tonight we have porchetta which is almost finished!🐷💥"
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Chef Josef Centeno reviews  at post.venue.name
"An oldie but still ✊✊The Cold Bäzole @bacomercat !!!⚡️🌶"
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Chef Josef Centeno reviews  at post.venue.name
"Carne guisada testing with a baked egg for the @bar_ama cookbook. Carne guisada was hands down my favorite breakfast taco as kid!!🌮🌶 #baramacookbook"
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Chef Josef Centeno reviews  at post.venue.name
"Grilled hoja santa wrapped cabbage with carrot, ginger & black truffle emulsion!⚡️ @pytlosangeles"
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From My Menu