Don’t Miss the Next Big Culinary Wave to Hit America!

The Modern Mexican food chefs are the next wave to hit the food world, and it’s about darn time. Mexican cuisine, with a few standout exceptions, has been slow to get elevation and recognition. That is unfortunate, because if you look into most restaurant kitchens throughout the country – – no matter what the ethnicity of the restaurant’s menu – – you will see that your meal has been cooked by a Mexican man. Still, we have come a long way from the 1960s frozen ‘Mexican’  TV dinners with processed cheese enchilada, two tubular tamales filled with questionable meat mush, flavorless pinkish-orange Mexican rice, bland refried beans, and pepper sauce.

Swanson Mexican Dinner

Back in the 1970s, Diana Kennedy became the ‘Julia Child of Mexican Cuisine,’ by championing the diversity of Mexico’s regional dishes. She helped raise America’s awareness of genuine, authentic Mexican cuisine beyond Swanson’s TV dinners, Tex-Mex and Taco Bell. In those pre- and early Food Network days, a handful of chefs like Rick Bayless’ “Cooking Mexican” (PBS 1978 – 1979), and Sue Feniger & Mary Sue Milliken of Too Hot Tamales TV series (PBS 1993, Food Network 1995 – 1999) showed how Mexican food could be executed using authentic ingredients and with soigné. More recently, we experienced a wave of Mexican-Korean Fusion by Chef Roy Choi, which ignited the gourmet food truck trend in LA and nationwide.


So now Baja-Med cuisine is the next wave! Don’t take my word for it, simply look back at some episodes of Anthony Bourdain on Travel Channel’s “No Reservations” or “Parts Unknown” on CNN, or Andrew Zimmern’s “Bizarre Foods” on the Travel Channel. This fresh, healthy locavore cuisine is both a feast for the eyes as well as the palate, with its new twists on familiar dishes using not so run-of-the-mill ingredients or combinations. Don’t miss this opportunity to try the food of some of these premiere Modern Chefs of Mexico at this event on Friday September 12, 2014, 8:00 – 10:30 PM! Get your tickets here:

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  1. It certainly has been refreshing to see Modern Mexican cuisine develop Terree. Tortilla Republic just opened their third restaurant, this one in Laguna Beach and it is already packed. Their first one is on Kauai, and ranks in the top three restaurants on the island.

    • I was fortunate to meet prominent “Baja Med-style” Chefs Javier Plascencia and Diego Hernandez-Baquedano while volunteering BOH at a San Diego fundraiser. They are culinary rock stars who’ve appeared on Travel Channel with Anthony Bourdain. He was in the episode about the hidden in the wine country of Baja, Córazon de Tierra is the restaurant of the La Villa del Valle vineyard and winery.
      La Villa del Valle, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

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