ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER, BACALAR
Jose’s interest in food started as a kid when he would raid his mother’s pantry with his two brothers and play a game of blind tasting spices and sauces until the mixture of ingredients would be too extravagant to handle. As a native Mexican he spent his childhood summers building fires during camping outings, learning to shop at street markets and sitting on large cubes of ice dragged by his grandmother for her shaved ice business.
After completing his art history and photography degree in Austin, he spent three years in New York working part time in a photo studio and organizing Williamsburg’s first ever pop-up restaurant. He then spent two years in Mexico where he started the country’s first juice cleanse bar with his brothers. After selling his business he moved to Berlin and worked with friends in a food truck. Back in Austin he managed the restaurant Contigo and worked with the amazing team of Leroy and Lewis BBQ. Jose spends most of his free time doing street photography, gardening, swimming and rock climbing. He loves single-origin chocolate, cave-aged Alpine cheese, tropical fruits, cumbia, African funk and Mexican mask-folk art. He strives to be good company.
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