Josef Centeno opened Bäco Mercat in 2011 and in 2012 he opened BAR AMÁ. BAR AMÁ is his version of Tex-Mex inspired by the memories of his family's cooking. Josef's career started in New York, where he worked at Daniel, La Côte Basque and Les Célébrités. He also was executive chef at Meson G and Opus in Los Angeles and previously chef de cuisine at Manresa in Los Gatos, Calif. Josef and Bäco Mercat have been featured in the L.A. Times, the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Food & Wine and Bon Appetit. He also has been nominated for a James Beard award.
As a native New Orleanian, Genevieve Hardison grew up in a city that lives to eat. She has carried that passion for food with her always. She has worked in all facets of the restaurant industry from New Orleans to New York and, most recenty, Los Angeles. She is thrilled to be a part of such a vital and creative team.