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Anastacia Quinones Is the New Executive Chef at José

Chef AQ has a new gig.
Chef AQ has a new gig. Alison McLean, Christopher Durbin
At the start of this year, Anastacia Quinones took a high-profile position as chef at the Cedars Social, the struggling Cedars restaurant that was to become a home for Quinones' modern Mexican cooking. Just a few months later, she was out, and she spent the last few months hosting pop-ups around the city as her profile continued to rise. Now, she's got a new full-time gig: as executive chef at Park Cities Mexican restaurant José.

"A first-generation Mexican-American and native Texan, Chef AQ, as she is known, brings over 15 years of acclaimed culinary experience to produce regionally inspired dishes from Jalisco, Oaxaca, Mexico City and beyond," according to a press release. "Recently named Best Chef of the Year 2018 for Eater Dallas, she also took top title at Dallas Observer Iron Fork 2018 and was featured in the Tacos of Texas docu-series. Chef AQ is now at home in the Guadalajaran inspired José, which is the result of a collaboration between WoodHouse and Jose Noe Suro, of world-renowned Ceramica Suro."

At José, Quinones will oversee the restaurant's new menu development, which means we can likely expect to see some new dishes soon.

“I’m very thankful to have the opportunity to make the food I love and create dishes that evoke memories," Quinones said in the release. "Paired with modern technique, my take on Mexican cuisine will now be on display at José for years to come.”

José, 4931 W. Lovers Lane
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