Javier Cabral

Javier Cabral
Location: Los Angeles

Javier Cabral is the James Beard Award-winning editor-in-chief of L.A. TACO and associate producer for Netflix's "Las Crónicas Del Taco." A former restaurant scout for the late Pulitzer Prize–winning restaurant critic Jonathan Gold, the food writer from the barrios of East Los Angeles has been reporting on Mexican food and culture since 2005. Cabral is the co-author of "Oaxaca: Home Cooking From the Heart of Mexico" (2019) and "Asada: The Art of Mexican-Style Grilling" (2023).


A first-generation Mexican-American, Javier Cabral started writing professionally about LA food and culture at an early age, creating the acclaimed food blog Teenage Gluster at 16. The late Los Angeles Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold recognized Cabral's in-depth knowledge of the Los Angeles food scene early on and tapped him for the role of his restaurant scout. He was the West Coast editor and staff writer at VICE MUNCHIES. Cabral's writing has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Food & Wine, Saveur, and Bon Appétit, among others. 


Javier studied Journalism and Mass Communication at Pasadena City College. 

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