Josef Centeno - Hawaii Food & Wine Festival


Josef Centeno

Baco Mercat - Los Angeles, CA

Josef Centeno is chef-owner of five Los Angeles restaurants – P.Y.T., Baco Mercat, Bar Ama, Orsa & Winston and BacoShop. He has been called “a prime mover behind what we’ve come to think of as Los Angeles cuisine” and “the culinary mayor” of Downtown L.A.

Centeno opened his first restaurant, Mediterranean-influenced Baco Mercat in 2011, one of the first restaurants to shift critical attention to the center of downtown. Baco Mercat was named one of the 10 best restaurants in the country by Bon Appetit magazine. He has since opened Bar Ama, an homage to the Tejano cooking he grew up with; Orsa & Winston, featuring tasting menus influenced by Italian and Japanese cuisines; and vegetable-focused P.Y.T.

Centeno’s career started in New York at Daniel, Vong, Les Celebrites, and La Cote Basque. In San Francisco he worked at fine dining institution Charles Nob Hill and was the opening chef de cuisine at Manresa in Los Gatos, which has been awarded three Michelin stars. Centeno also recently opened BacoShop in Culver City and is the author of “Baco: Vivid Recipes from the Heart of Los Angeles,” which won U.S. Chef Book of the Year at the International Gourmand Awards.

Centeno lives in Los Feliz, and when he’s not working at the restaurants likes to surf and hang out with his two dogs.