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|Salgado: The chingón of all chingones|
Carlos Salgado had a hell of a year in 2014 for his Taco María. Best restaurant for both OC Weekly and the Orange County Register, and maker of one of Jonathan Gold's 10 best meals of the year. Glowing reviews in Los Angeles and other regional publications. A hell of an Indie Chefs Week. Partially catered my wedding with his amazing aguachile (yes: I paid. Oh, I paid...). Ever-increasing lines. And all throughout, Salgado never compromised in his vision of offering Mexican food the way he envisioned it, moronic one-star-Yelp-reviews-'cause-he-doesn't-offer-nachos-or-combo-plates be damned.
Welp, Salgado is ushering in spring in a huge way. This morning, Food and Wine named Salgado one of its Best New Chefs of 2015. Let that sink in: a Mexican kid from Orange, from Orange County, has been named one of the best new chefs in America by one of the few institutions that offer such a recognition that people take seriously.
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