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Executive Chef Jonathan Mercado to Create Coastal Cuisine at Chido and Padre’s

Southern Proper Hospitality (SPH) CEO Tory Bartlett announced the hiring of executive chef Jonathan Mercado for the company’s newest concept, Chido + Padre’s, which is bringing authentic Baja-style Mexican food to Buckhead in early March. Mercado is paying homage to the bold flavors and traditions of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula by transporting these flavors to Atlanta in a modern way.

At Chido + Padre’s, Mercado’s menu focuses on fresh, coastal cuisine that ensures an authentic Baja-Mex experience. His dishes use a mesquite wood-burning grill and fresh flavor combinations in a modern way for lunch and dinner, including such items as:
• Campechana with mango, avocado, rock shrimp, chilies and tomato-clam broth
• Baja-style fish of the day with coconut rice, tomatillo-avocado sauce and pomegranate seeds
• Chicken mole with Baja cabbage slaw, black beans and sesame seeds
• Cochinita pibil tacos with banana leaf pork shoulder, sour orange, achiote and chicharrones

Mercado’s culinary skills have been on display in Atlanta for the past five years. Before joining SPH, he was the executive chef at Rosa Mexicano. Prior to that, he was the executive chef at Bartaco. Mercado’s culinary career in Atlanta also includes a role as executive sous chef at True Foods Kitchen.

A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Academy, Mercado trained in classical French cuisine and technique.


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