Born and raised in San Francisco, Chef Mario Tolentino attended the California Culinary Academy to sharpen the cooking skills he had already begun to hone at a young age. After graduation, he spent more than a decade traveling and working with high-caliber chefs in award-winning kitchens. He applied his experience working under these notable chefs, and for one and two Michelin star-rated restaurants, to win an episode of Food Network’s Chopped in 2010.
After stints in New York City, where he worked as the Executive Chef of Juliet Supperclub and partnered with LDV, a New York City-based hospitality group, Mario returned to his hometown to revamp the well-known and beloved Betelnut. Most recently, he was the Culinary Director at The Market on Market in San Francisco’s rejuvenated and dynamic Mid-Market district. At Curio, he brings his expertise in Californian farm-to-table, modern American, and Southern low country cuisine, as well as his mastery of seafood and meat butchery, to his dinner and brunch menus at Curio. When he’s not in the kitchen, Mario enjoys, art, immersive travel, table tennis, and disc golf.