Orange County Register: Most Influential 2015 – Taco Maria’s Carlos Salgado

His mother and father ran La Siesta, a modest combo-plate restaurant in Orange. But Carlos Salgado was determined to show the world that Mexican food can be haute cuisine, too.

Now he has achieved and exceeded his goal: Salgado is riding a wave of acclaim that most chefs only dream about.

Taco Maria, his restaurant in Costa Mesa’s South Coast Collection, has been singled out by Register food critic Brad A. Johnson and Jonathan Gold of the Los Angeles Times as extraordinary.

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