Octavio CanalesChef de Cocina
Hailing from Zacatecas, Mexico, Octavio started working with The Big Red F at Jax Fish House in Boulder when they first opened their doors in 1994. 20+ years later, he is like culinary special ops, having served at Jax Denver, Zolo Grill, The Bitter Bar, and Centro. After a three year stint as the sous chef / caterer at Blackbelly Market, and after helping his good friend Hosea Rosenberg open Santos, he returned home to Centro. As Chef de Cocina (and kitchen MVP!), he enjoys preparing dishes from across Mexico—especially seafood. His Camarones Veracruzano and Caldo de Marsicos will knock your socks off!
When he is not at Centro, you’ll find Octavio spending time with his wife Raquel and their three kids, Andy, Jannel, and Samuel. He also loves cheering for his favorite futbol team, Chivas (¡Vamos Los Rojiblancos!), savoring some Herradura Reposado, and singing along to his favorite Mariachi songs. If he were not a Chef, Octavio would definitely be a Mariachi Troubadour!