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Chef of the Year Anastacia Quinones Lands at Mexican Eatery José

It’s been a big year for AQ

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Fresh off winning Eater’s 2018 Chef of the Year award in Dallas, Anastacia Quinones has officially taken a brand new gig.

Quinones will helm the kitchen at swanky Mexican restaurant José at 4931 West Lovers Lane. The move comes about three months after Quinones abruptly left her role as executive chef at The Cedars Social, which has since been revamped into Monica’s Tex-Mex Cantina. Before her time at Cedars Social, Quinones has worked in a number of storied Dallas kitchens, including a stint at now-shuttered chef incubator Kitchen LTO and time at Bishop Arts favorite Oddfellows.

Quniones will develop a new menu for José that will focus primarily on cuisines from Mexico City, Jalisco, and Oaxaca. “We are delighted to welcome Chef AQ to our team at José,” owner Brady Wood said in a statement. Her immense talent captures the unforgettable culinary experiences we have enjoyed during our frequent travels to Mexico.” Perhaps most excitingly, a press release makes it clear that Quinones’s excellent flavored tortillas will have a permanent home.