Val Cantu

Chef
Val Cantu

San Francisco

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.

My Venues

    Accolades

    • Contributing Chef
      ChefsFeed
    • Best Chef: West Nominee, 2018
      James Beard Foundation

      Where I Go Out

      Behind the Scenes

      In between Spring and Summer
      "In between Spring and Summer in California... Green and Red Strawberry Raspado, Swanton Strawberry Bavarois, with Salad Burnet and Chocolate Mint."
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      Our incredibly tasty Tacos de
      "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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      Our incredibly tasty Tacos de
      "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
      "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
      "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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      At My Venues