Meals growing up were always a moment to connect. My first memories in the kitchen are of my mother making magic out of simple ingredients for our family. Some hallmark recipes like her sopes and pupusas still rank as some of my favorite dishes. I was raised in Houston, Texas before moving to the North Hill neighborhood in Akron. I studied culinary arts at Stark State College where I currently serve as a culinary arts instructor. The memories of cooking growing up and the experiences I’ve gathered from over a decade in the restaurant industry are what I bring together and make shine on the plates I create.
My first job in the food industry was as a host for a seafood and steak restaurant in Southern, California when I was 18 years old. I was mesmerized by the hustle and bustle of the kitchen, the conversations in the dining room, and the fast pace environment that surrounded me. Most of all, I found joy in seeing the happiness that came from the dishes people tried for the first time.
28th and South is a reflection of Salvadoran culture, which surrounds itself with bright colors and a vibrant people. The heart of this rich cultural heritage is rooted in family and community. At 28th and South, we strive to provide a unique food experience by educating the palate with traditional dishes like our Pupusas. Thank you for being a part of our journey.