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Chef Jose Alarcon

Chef Jose Alarcon hails from Morelos, Mexico where food was always an important part of his tight-knit family. When he was 18, Jose moved to the United States and landed his first job as a dishwasher. With determination and tenacity, Alarcon continued to take on new opportunities in the industry while learning and refining his skills, which helped the self-taught chef rise through the ranks of the culinary scene. Today, Alarcon is the chef behind two Northeast Minneapolis restaurants – Centro and Popol Vuh. Inspired by his Mexican heritage, Centro is a place to gather over street tacos or pitchers of margaritas. Popol Vuh is a 2019 James Beard Award semifinalist for Best New Restaurant. The establishment focuses on quality ingredients, raw wood fire, and refined but simple preparations with the seasons, letting Chef Alarcon’s travels through Mexico guide the menu.

Learn more at https://popolvuhmpls.com/