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About Rocio's Mole de los Dioses
When award-winning Chef Rocio Camacho steps into the kitchen of her new restaurant, Rocio's Mole de los Dioses, in Sun Valley, it's time for serious cooking. Her kitchen, enveloped by the complex aromas of chiles and spices are the base for her famous "moles "that are lavishly used in her dishes. Rocio's moles have driven foodies to faithfully follow her wherever she goes and she's praised by those who appreciate the true depth of Mexican cuisine.
Her mole negro, Oaxaqueno, won her the Best Mole in Los Angeles and was awarded to her by food critic, Jonathan Gold.
Chef Rocio Camacho,
Chef / owner
Alonso R. and Elsa Arellano, owners
From Oaxaca, Mexico, Rocio has always had a love of cooking. Her grandmother was a great cook, and her mother used to have a food stall or "fonda" in the market in Oaxaca, where good eating is guaranteed. As a young girl, she insisted that she be allowed to make tortillas by hand and grind salsas en a "molcajete." She also learned how to make the complex "moles" that are the centerpieces of Oaxacan cuisine. Her mother might have been recognized in her community as a renowned "molera," but Rocio was going to make her name in "moles" as well. For a while she thought about being a Kindergarten teacher, but she opted for studying the culinary arts at a school in Oaxaca.
Alonso arrived to Los Angeles as a child with his family from Mexico. As a young man, he joined the USAF. While in the military, he participated in Operation Desert Storm, earned a bachelor's degree in Physics and a Master's degree in Applied Mathematics. After leaving the military, he returned to UCLA to attend the Geffen School of Medicine BioPhysics Program where his studies and research trained him in the use of radiation for the treatment of cancer. Arellano spend several years at UCLA as a cancer researcher before joining the Radiation Oncology Department at Kaiser Permanente in 2003. Currently he is part of a team of scientists and physicians that dedicate their knowledge and love for science and medicine to the treatment of patients that are combating cancer. His primarily responsibility is in the area of radiosurgery, eradicating and/or controlling brain tumors. Arellano is also an entrepreneur who, along with his wife, Elsa, have opened and operated several restaurants, a bakery and a tortilla factory. In 2008, in the middle of the worst reccession of the last 50 years, he created, Nopaltilla, The Healthy Green Cactus Tortilla and with it he fused his love for food and science. He believes in community involvement and along with his sons, has planted many trees during Earth Day in his community. Arellano has sat on the board of directors at the Sun Valley Chamber of Commerce and is the current Treasurer of the Latin Business Association.