Master Chef Daniel Godinez Out at Old Pasadena's Maestro

Published : Thursday, August 3, 2017 | 8:39 PM

Inset: Chef Daniel Godinez

After only eight months, modern Mexican chef Daniel Godinez is out of Maestro’s kitchen but will remain as an investor and co-owner of the Pasadena upscale Mexican restaurant.

Godinez is moving back to Orange County based on a note that came from the chef’s team at Anepalco Restaurant in Orange, saying that he would be moving on “effective immediately,” Eater Los Angeles reported Thursday. Godinez also owns the Anapelco Restaurant.

Godinez’s move to Maestro was not universally acclaimed by top critics, including Jonathan Gold, and Besha Rodell of the LA Weekly.

With Godinez going back to Orange County, Eater Los Angeles said Maestro is expected to announce changes on its menu along with onboarding of new chefs soon.

Located in the heart of Old Pasadena, Maestro aims to deliver traditional Mexican dishes with a modern twist, a theme that is also tastefully expressed through its appealing design.

Godinez earlier said Maestro’s exposed brick walls, mosaic tiles, herringbone floors and suede and leather banquette seating give it a mid-century feel that is “representative of Mexico’s more metropolitan décor found in the cities.”

Maestro’s menu, which is available online now, ranges from traditional tacos, tortillas and enchiladas to fresh rotating fish, shellfish, lamb, duck, short ribs and steak topped with Mexican flares such as picadillo de chiles, poblano puree, pineapple and coconut foam.

This Mexican gem now occupies the space that formerly housed Azeen’s, a decades-old popular Afghani restaurant that closed recently due to rising rents in the area.

Maestro is located at 110 E. Union Street. For more information, call (626) 787-1512 or visit






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