Pastry Chef Carlos Salgado of Commis - Biography

Oakland, CA

April 2010
Carlos Salgado grew up in a family restaurant in Orange County, California. It wasn’t until much later, when he left a career in technology and began trying to recreate the flavors of home, that he considered a culinary career. Salgado decided to attend the California Culinary Academy, and graduated in 2006. He began his first job in the industry at 2004 Philadelphia Rising Star Vernon Morales' cutting-edge Winterland, where he worked under Pastry Chef Boris Portnoy before filling the role of pastry chef within six months. Salgado then joined Daniel Patterson's ambitious San Francisco restaurant Coi. Salgado began as pastry assistant to Jake Godbey and also worked in all areas of Patterson’s kitchen. After a year, he became the pastry chef, starting a program of house-made breads and doughs, both savory and sweet. Salgado represented Coi at Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2009 for the Michelin Stars of San Francisco Dinner. In June of 2009, Salgado joined 2007 San Francisco Rising Star James Syhabout to open Commis. Here, Salgado focuses on the concepts of shared memories and curiosity in his dishes. Commis soon earned its first Michelin star, and was named one of the Wall Street Journal’s best new restaurants of 2009.