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We always find the journey of a chef fascinating and this holds true for Jeff Martinez. At 17, away from home for the first time, he had to find a way to pay the rent. So washing dishes in a restaurant started it all. From there he graduated to prep work, sauté stations, and then things got really interesting. After seasonal stints at a salmon fishing lodge in Alaska and personal chef in Portland, Maine, he returned to his roots, paying tribute to his grandmother's memorable Mexican cooking. Jeff can be found recreating her dishes and many more authenic regional favorites as Chef de Cuisine at Fonda San Miguel restaurant in Austin, Texas.