vALLE: Oceanside's sTAR

A LOOK AT CALIFORNIA'S NEWEST MICHELIN GEM

A CONTEMPORARY MEXICAN KITCHEN BY CHEF ROBERTO ALCOCER

It’s an exciting time for food enthusiasts in California! The Michelin Guide’s annual awards have recognized 6 new chefs and restaurants across the state. Their search for the “best of the best” has led Michelin judges to our city of Oceanside, where Valle has recently been awarded the esteemed Michelin Star.

Under the leadership of Chef Roberto Alcocer, Valle has swiftly risen to join the elite ranks of the world’s top dining establishments. The Michelin Star, globally recognized as a hallmark of fine dining quality, is no mean feat. It’s a testament to the tireless effort, innovation, and dedication Chef Roberto and his team have demonstrated since Valle’s inception. With this accolade, Valle becomes Oceanside’s first and only Michelin-starred restaurant, San Diego’s first Michelin star for a Mexican restaurant and the only new spot in SD to receive a star this year!

Serving a dynamic fusion of traditional Baja flavors and contemporary techniques, Valle showcases the richness and diversity of California’s local produce and Baja Mexico’s Guadalupe Valley wine region. The kitchen, headed by Chef Roberto and Chef Raul Casillas, is an alchemist’s lab, transforming traditional ingredients into dishes that are visually stunning and gastronomically delightful. The flavors are robust and honest, reflecting the team’s respect for their ingredients.

What sets Valle apart is not just its food, but the complete experience. From the moment you step through the door, you are enveloped in a warm, inviting atmosphere. Each team member contributes to this experience, from the front of house staff who welcome you like a cherished guest to the kitchen staff who meticulously craft each dish.

Chef Roberto, the heart and soul of Valle, is a visionary. His relentless pursuit of culinary excellence and innovation has catapulted Valle into the stratosphere of the culinary world. Roberto’s hands-on approach and meticulous attention to detail are evident in every aspect of Valle and Malva, his long-acclaimed culinary destination in Valle de Guadalupe. With more than 20 years of experience cooking across Mexico and in Michelin-starred kitchens in France and Spain, Alcocer has been at the forefront of Baja Mexican cuisine, crafting vibrant, playful fare that has become a hallmark of his work. At Valle, Alcocer lends his distinct perspective on the region’s food and wine to a seasonally inspired, California-sourced tasting menu served in an elevated setting, creating an intriguing juxtaposition of modern Mexican dining against the carefree energy of Oceanside’s surf and skate community. His passion for his craft is infectious, inspiring his team to push boundaries, consistently deliver top-quality service, and create an unforgettable dining experience for each guest.  

This prestigious Michelin Star is a testament to the extraordinary journey of Valle. It honors the years of hard work, resilience, and culinary artistry that have shaped Valle into a true gastronomic icon.

We look forward to the continued evolution and growth of Valle under the artistic mastery of Chef Roberto. He and his team have already shown us that they are capable of reaching for the stars – and grabbing them. With this recognition, we are excited to see what heights Valle will scale for Oceanside next. 

Experience Valle for yourself, book your reservation HERE.

Statement from Chef Roberto Alcocer: 

“I’ve dream of this moment since I started cooking in France 21 years ago, and today the dream has become a reality. Receiving a Michelin Star for Valle validates the hard work, discipline and high standards I set since day one of envisioning this concept. I am filled with an overwhelming sense of gratitude and pride.

In the heart of Valle’s dining room, many hands are at work to bring service to life. Thank you to all the members of the Valle family, including our owners and investors; I am excited to enjoy this accomplishment with all of you. This star symbolizes the passion, relentless dedication, and countless hours of work we have put in to Valle. Thank you to the guests that have supported us and inspired myself and my team to strive for excellence in every service. It is our continued honor to welcome you to our oceanfront dining room in Oceanside as we proudly contribute to the growing gastronomic culinary scene in North County San Diego.

I am honored to be representing the culture and cuisine of my home – the Valle de Guadalupe and Baja region of Mexico which has inspired every part of the Valle dining experience. This star is a meaningful reminder to myself and others that dreams can be achieved if you embrace your story and home, push boundaries, overcome obstacles, and more than anything believe in yourself.

I dedicate this honor to my wife and my children for their love, support and sacrifices that got us here.

And finally, to the MICHELIN Guide – thank you for this honor; it is a privilege to share the spotlight with my fellow peers also receiving recognition for their work. I am thrilled to be in their company.”

“Hace 22 años pise una cocina y deseaba tanto conocerte! 

22 years ago I stepped in a kitchen and I wanted to meet you so much!”

@alcocerroberto

Valle in the News

Published: July 19, 2023

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