Adrian Cruz

I want people to know nostalgic memories and to understand the science behind my work. I want to achieve truly unique works of art on the plate and see what creations come to my mind. I love food and creating it.
#blendedburgerproject at the James beard house: Attention, chefs! Make a "Blended Burger" and you could win a trip to cook at the historic James Beard House in New York City! The five chefs who receive the most online votes by July 31, 2016, will travel to New York City to prepare their winning Blended Burger at the James Beard House. Spread the word about the contest and your Blended Burger by creating buzz on social media. Need ideas on how to get started? Encourage your guests to post your Blended Burger on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: Promote the #BlendedBurgerProject hashtag and voting instructions on a chalkboard displayed in your restaurant Serve burgers skewered with a toothpick flag that displays the #BlendedBurgerProject hashtag Include a menu insert that promotes your burger and the contest Use your own social media channels to encourage customers to visit and share Include the #BlendedBurgerProject hashtag in the name of the burger on the menu Offer additional incentives to customers who post on social. (May we suggest a free order of fries?) Remember: the five chefs with the most online votes by July 31st, 2016, will be sent to prepare their burgers at the James Beard House!
Flavors of San Diego culinary gala: Flavors of San Diego is a culinary experience that goes beyond the traditional gala providing guests with the unique experience of having a top local chef prepare a multi-course dinner tableside. The evening showcases the signature dishes of our 30+ culinary experts and takes you beyond the usual restaurant fare. Unleash your inner “foodie” and experience a distinct evening of dining while helping to fund the research, education, and advocacy efforts of the American Liver Foundation. Join us for a night that you won’t soon forget all while helping to improve the lives of the 30 million people in the United States living with liver disease. To learn more about the American Liver Foundation, please visit
Foodtasia: Hail to the Chefs - San Diego Food Bank: Save the date for the Foodtasia: Hail to the Chefs Gala benefiting the San Diego Food Bank. Our 80,000 sq. ft. warehouse in Miramar will be transformed into the most exclusive dining room in the county. How? The Food Bank will host scores of the best chefs in San Diego County, who will provide our gala guests with their greatest, mouthwatering culinary delicacies. The evening will serve as a homage to our region’s most celebrated chefs while supporting critical Food Bank hunger-relief programs.
2014 Catersource Conference & Tradeshow
Latin Food Fest San Diego Sep 11-13, 2014
10th Annual Chef Showdown
Roosevelts at 7. McAllen, TX
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El Divino Gastro Pub. McAllen, TX
Sous Chef
Cimmoron Country Club. Mission, TX
Pantry Chef
Landry Seafood House. Corpus Christi, TX
Chef De Cuisine
RED. McAllen, TX
Executive Chef
The Traveller Gastro Pub. McAllen, TX
Executive Chef
Holiday Retirement. McAllen, TX
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Cocina Central. Mountain View, CA
Chef De Cuisine
BOH operations
Food industry consulting
Food styling
Fish butchery
Knife skills
TV/radio guest appearances
Inventory control
Cake/pastry decorating
Food sanitation
Menu development
My cooking style is a bit of everything. I love international cuisine and fusion go well togather. i use alot of molecular gastronomy mixing science with food and different flavors, i like creating dishes out of this world and out of the box. and fool of art on a plate with beautiful presentation and that tastes better then it looks.

  • Dalstrong commercial

  • The plating up of the concha burger

  • Blended burger project the concha burger for the James beard foundation

  • Lamb and beets

  • Coffee worms

  • Pork belly

  • plating up

  • In the kitchen
Adrian Cruz
Adrian Cruz
(956) 348-3711
Mcallen, TX
United States

POPZ cruz kitchen

Chef Adrian Cruz is an aspiring self taught chef. Adrian Cruz was born May 17, 1975. At a young age, he moved from Washington State to Texas with his family. His mother's home-cooked meals inspired him to enjoy working with food in the kitchen. Although he learned some techniques from his mother, Adrian's penchant for gastronomy manifested itself by the time he was 12 years old. He was able to work and train at various restaurants in the Rio Grande Valley. He's also had the pleasure of working side by side with his brothers. The Cruz Brothers are known locally for their natural talent and eagerness to create innovative signature dishes - their passion for food is generational and everlasting. Chef Adrian incorporates influenced culinary traditions from around the world into his own work, adding seasonings and techniques drawn from Asia, Mexico, Europe and the Mediterranean. He infuses precise technique with creative flair and adventuresome spirit to create a cuisine (comfort food or fine dining) of great finesse and balanced flavors. His reputation has given him the opportunity to host various cooking shows for local television, participate in community fundraisers and culinary contests.