Chef Carlos Altamirano has established himself as the acclaimed Bay Area authority on inspired Peruvian cuisine. Born in the mountainous coastal region of southern Peru, Chef Altamirano developed an innate appreciation for Latin American culture at an early age. He began his culinary career working alongside his mother in her restaurant kitchen in Lima, where he was immersed in the world of true Peruvian cuisine.
Altamirano moved to San Francisco in 1994 to share Peruvian cuisine with the world. He trained under some of the region’s most renowned and experienced chefs, including Reed Hearon of Rose Pistola and Restaurant Lulu, Robert Helstrom of Grand Café and Kuleto’s, David and Ann Gingrass of Hawthorne Lane, and Bradley Ogden of One Market Restaurant.
As his experience expanded and his love of Peruvian culture deepened, Chef Altamirano sought to build a culinary empire of his own. In January 2004, Chef Altamirano and his wife, Shu Dai, opened the doors to their very first Peruvian restaurant, Mochica, in the SOMA district. The restaurant’s authentic yet modern Latin American dining experience quickly earned a dedicated following.