nastacia Quiñones-Pittman, executive chef at José
, was named Eater Dallas’ 2018 Chef of the Year
for her culinary creativity. She was invited to host a dinner at the prestigious James Beard House in New York, but it was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s how she describes her food: “It’s traditional Mexican food along with elevated plating and seasonal and local ingredients.” A first-generation American, she attended the Culinary Institute of America in New York. After graduation, she moved to San Francisco and then returned to Dallas in 2008. Her husband, chef Daniel Pittman, was executive chef and co-owner of LUCK at Trinity Groves. Their daughter, Isabella (“Izzy”) is 7.