Meet the Artist Ep. 6: Chef Turok

Welcome to Episode 6 of Meet the Artist! On this episode, we’re taking the interview to Holbox, a great seafood restaurant  located inside Mercado La Paloma, in South Los Angeles. It is within that kitchen that our featured artist creates his magic.

I’ve been following this artist on social media for quite a while, and what intrigued me the most aside from his delicious creations,  was his humble demeanor, his assiduous character, and his ability to be persistently innovative. When I sat with him, I realized my opinion of him was not at all far from the truth.


Chef Turok is known for his ever so delicious Mascarpone Cheesecakes.  A creation which he has shared with the public as of 2015. Ever since, he’s been featured in Los Angeles Magazine, he’s served these gems at such events  as LA Weekly’s Tacolandia and Burgers and Beers (among many others festivals); Restaurants such as Primera Taza  in Boyles heights and Tlayuda LA;  And as for my personal favorite, hwm019e even donated his creations and participated in AltMed East LA Meets Napa.

There is a reason why Chef Turok’s cheesecakes are so popular – they are absolutely amazing! I’m not very big on sweets, and that, is the reason why the Mascarpone Cheesecakes are perfect. They are not too sweet, and they have a light, creamy texture that will leave you wanting more. I have to admit, they really are the BEST DAMN cheesecake that you’ll EVER try! If you’re in the LA area, please make sure to stop by Holbox restaurant, where you can enjoy a great seafood meal and end with any of the delightful Mascarpone Cheesecakes for desert. Or, if you’re feeling naughty, just have the Cheesecake first.

Now, without further adieu, please allow me to introduce you, Chef Brian “Turok” Menendez.wm009

Click here to view the interview on YouTube.

You can follow Chef Turok on his social media:


A special Thank You to Chef Gilberto Centina Jr. and the whole Holbox team for allowing us to film on location! Please follow Holbox on social media:


What are some of the qualities you think every chef should have? Comment below! We’d love to hear your thoughts.

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2 thoughts on “Meet the Artist Ep. 6: Chef Turok

  1. Interesting. I’ve been following this Chef as well. I was rather inquisitive about his savory creation, considering that I’m a cheesecake fanatic. I’ve never been to New York to test out the best. However, if the best is in the City of Angeles, maybe I’ll save the New York trip until I’ve tried Chef Turok’s cheesecake. 🤷🏾‍♂️


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