Title: Chef, Owner
Company: 5 Tacos and Beers, Los Moles
Location: El Cerrito, California, United States
Chef Lito Saldaña, Chief and Owner at 5 Tacos and Beers and Los Moles, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Business Owners for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the restaurant industry.
Mr. Saldaña came to the United States from Mexico in 1989 to help his brother spearhead his restaurant in Berkley, California. From this experience, he grew a deep passion and love for cooking, which led him to desire to bring his own restaurant experience of Mexican flavors to the residents of California. Essentially, he wanted his restaurant to feel like home. With his ability to speak both English and Spanish, Mr. Saldaña proudly brings two cultures together through his impeccable skills in the culinary arts, which has garnered him a strong following in his local community.
Notably, Mr. Saldaña has been the executive chef at Los Moles since 2012, as well as the chef and owner of 5 Tacos and Beers since 2020. Through his excellent culinary abilities, he has led Los Moles to be rated Excellent Mexican Restaurant by Google, as well as rated Top Three Best Mexican and Spanish Cuisine and Top Two Best Mexican and Latin Cuisine by TripAdvisor. With his entrepreneurial endeavor, Mr. Saldaña was named a Mexican “powerhouse” of modern cuisine with traditional Jalisco roots.
Alongside running his two restaurants, Mr. Saldaña participated in a Mexican Console in San Francisco where chefs that represent the culinary experience of Mexico are invited to showcase their work. Likewise, he was featured on the television show Check Please Bay Area. Mr. Saldaña attributes his career success to his hard work in creating meals that pay homage to his culture and while also offering his customers a memorable dining experience. In five years’ time, he envisions himself opening more establishments, as long as the COVID-19 pandemic begins to settle down.
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