Jorge Saldana, owner, chef, and farmer behind Berkeley's Cancun, and San Francisco's, Tlaloc and Chilayo, can still picture his mother in his family's kitchen cooking for him and his nine siblings. Her passion for flavor and freshness can be found in each recipe he shares with his customers along with his own love for flavor, sharing, and his unwavering enthusiasm for growing his own organic produce. Jorge is originally from the Guadalajara region of Jalisco, a central Pacific state of Mexico where the traditional cooking boasts the richest harmony of flavors. The spirit of Jaliscan food, incorporated with the best elements of the surrounding states, makes the fare from this part of the world vey special.
It wasn't until Jorge settled in Berkeley that he truly knew the treasure of cuisine he had left behind in Mexico, and moreover in his mother's kitchen. He dedicated many meals to perfecting the taste of his mother's home cooked dishes that he now serves daily in his 3 restaurants. Knowing wholeheartedly that the most beautiful flavor in any dish comes from the love the food is made with, Jorge cooks with passion and love and the freshest ingredients delivered from his farm, by his own hands.