Lorenzo Morales is the executive chef of Jazz, TX, a music venue in the Historic Pearl in San Antonio, Texas. Chef Morales’ cooking style is strongly influenced by San Antonio and by his grandmother, evident in his preference for preparing home-style meals over traditionally upscale dining experiences. The Jazz, TX menu, which features Chilaquiles, The McCrae (pan-seared flat iron steak, chorizo potatoes, and queso fresco), and his Veggie Pot Pie, makes his fondness for comfort food clear.
Prior to working at Jazz, TX, Morales cooked at family-style Italian restaurant Tre Trattoria and he was second-in-command at Arcade Midtown Kitchen, where seasonal new American cuisine and craft cocktails were the reigning fare. Most recently, Chef Morales was also co-owner and executive chef at The Old Main Association, a neighborhood tavern-style bar specializing in “San Antonio soul food”.
Each of his experiences working at various restaurants have contributed to Chef Morales’ knowledge and style. In addition to his hometown influences, he cites his San Antonio-based mentors, including Chef Johnny Hernandez, Chef Jason Dady, and Chef Jesse Perez, as sources of inspiration. Morales anticipates that a more laidback cocktail scene will soon influence the culinary world, and his work at Jazz, TX reflects this prediction.
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