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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Had an amazing time at
"Had an amazing time at Dandelion’s 12 Days of Christmas! We made Squab in Mole using a dozen chiles and three kinds of @jackiewirt"
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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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At My Venues