Josef Centeno

Josef Centeno

Los Angeles

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

Where I Go Out

At My Venues

The "fava fritter" baco
$$$, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Full Bar, Gastropub, Central La
"Folded inside chef Josef Centeno's delightfully soft and slightly chewy flat bread, the fava fritter (think falafel) is crispy on the outside and soft and moist within. The steaming hot fritters have a lightly spiced, earthy flavor that's complemented with the sweet acid from the tomato and bread purée. Add some feta, poblano, pickled red onion and a handful of greens and you’ve got yourself a winner."
The Original sandwich
$$$, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Full Bar, Gastropub, Central La
"These sandwiches, whichever they may be, are insanely full of flavor. I am drawn to the way he balances his food overall in his dishes, like how he adds the beef carnitas to the pork in The Original sandwich."