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 Venues

Where I Go Out

Behind the Scenes

"Saucisson, butter & baguette for lunch in the garden. A little piece of heaven in Apt.👌"
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"Wild strawberries for breakfast🍓"
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"When in Provence, soufflé. Doused in Grand Marnier and flambéed at the table too.⚡️🔥"
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"Slow roasted coffee rub wagyu beef belly with pomegranate & cotija @bar_ama ☕️🥩"
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At My Venues