Baja Med is a term conceived by Chef Miguel Ángel Guerrero that refers to fusion cuisine of Mexican cuisine, such as chicharrón and cotija cheese, with those of Mediterranean, such as olive oil, and Asian cuisine, such as lemongrass. Baja Med dishes showcase the fresh produce and seafood of Baja California.[1]


The cuisine features the fresh produce of the state. This includes fresh seafood from the port of Ensenada such as mussels, oysters, clams and shrimp, and blue tuna; miniature vegetables from the fields south of Ensenada, olives from the winemaking region of the Guadalupe Valley just northeast of Ensenada, dates from San Ignacio and tomatoes and strawberries from the San Quintin Valley. Additional ingredients include red lobster, manta rays, sea cucumbers and salicornia, a succulent that grows in sand dunes.

Examples of dishes

Examples of Baja Med dishes include:

Chefs and restaurants

Baja Med cuisine is a feature of the various restaurants of La Querencia and La Esperanza from Miguel Ángel Guerrero,[4] other Tijuana restaurants such as Food Garden,[5] and Manzanilla in the city of Ensenada.[6] In Bonita, California, between San Diego and Tijuana, Plascencia's Romesco features the cuisine.[7]

Valle de Guadalupe

In the Valle de Guadalupe wine country near Ensenada, chef Jaír Tellez's restaurant Laja is renowned for the cuisine, as are his restaurants Contramar and Merotoro in Mexico City.[8][9] Diego Hernández heads up Corazón de Tierra in the Valle de Guadalupe, rated by William Reed Business Media (the "San Pellegrino survey") as one of Latin America's 50 best restaurants, also rick baylessand his trendy Leña Brava in Chicago.[10] while chef Javier Plascencia is present with his Finca de Altozano,[11] and Drew Deckman with Deckman's en el Mogor.


  1. ^ "Baja Med: New cuisine flourishes in Baja California", Omar Millan, Miami Herald, May 4, 2013
  2. ^ a b c ""Baja Med: New cuisine flourished in Baja California", Baja California Secretariat of Tourism website, retrieved September 16, 2013". Archived from the original on 2013-11-09. Retrieved 2013-09-16.
  3. ^ a b c "Master of a New Tijuana", New York Times, Josh Kun, March 8, 2011
  4. ^ "The culinary buzz in Tijuana: Recovering economy, greater sense of safety pushing revitalization of all kinds of eateries", Sandra Dibble, San Diego Union-Tribune, April 1, 2011
  5. ^ "FOOD GARDEN CULTIVATES BAJA MED CUISINE: New food court in Tijuana hand-picks vendors to help their businesses grow, Barbarella Fokos, San Diego Reader, April 8, 2013
  6. ^ ""Baja Med: The Ensenada Cuisine", Mexico Tourism Board website, retrieved September 16, 2013". Archived from the original on September 16, 2013. Retrieved September 16, 2013.
  7. ^ "Superdiners: Suppers south of the border: Eating extravaganzas that require a passport (some)", San Diego Union Tribune, Keli Dailey, June 14, 2011
  8. ^ "Restaurant Review: MeroToro, Mexico City", Freda Moon, New York Times, March 2, 2012
  9. ^ "Latin America 50 Best Restaurants List" 2013, William Reed Media
  10. ^ "Corazón de Tierra", "The World's 50 Best" website
  11. ^ "Foodies can find a Mexican culinary oasis just south of the border". NBC News.