AGUSTÍN GAYTÁN is a chef, teacher, consultant and culinary researcher. Born in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, in central Mexico, he learned to cook at an early age in his mother's kitchen, and as a teenager in various hometown restaurants. He later managed and cooked in his own beloved restaurant in Berkeley, California.
Throughout more than 30 years in the San Francisco Bay area, Agustín has broadened his knowledge of diverse regional Mexican cuisines. He returns often to Mexico to research and collect new recipes, ingredients, cooking techniques and trends. He has led culinary tours to Mexico and in San Francisco’s Latin American Mission district.
Agustín has developed and tested recipes for restaurants, caterers, the food industry and cooking school audiences across the United States. His recipes and photos have appeared in many publications, including the San Francisco Chronicle, Contra Costa Times, Sacramento Bee and Sunset Magazine. He has appeared as a guest on local and national radio and television shows, including Latino USA.
Agustín now works as a Nutrition and Lifestyle Educator at La Clinica de La Raza, a California health center serving Spanish speaking communities, while he continues to teach cooking classes and enjoy longer visits to Mexico.