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Oscar Diaz

Cortez Seafood & Cocktails

Since Arriving to Raleigh in 2011, Executive Chef and Partner, Oscar Diaz has helmed two acclaimed restaurants in its vibrantly growing culinary scene. Diaz moved to North Carolina on a whim after having begun his culinary career working through the ranks in Michelin-starred French restaurant Allize of Las Vegas and Los Angeles’s well known Patina at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Shortly thereafter, he teamed with the Ibarra family to open Jose & Sons – a genre bending concept that melds the duo’s Mexican roots with local Southern inspirations. In 2017, Diaz developed a contemporary, diversly flavored menu celebrating the bounty of locally caught seafare for the pair’s new seafood concept Cortez Seafood + Cocktail.

If you ask Chef Diaz, the two restaurants are indicative of a traveling soul telling his story through the lens of a first generation American. The two concepts have resulted in Chef Diaz’s fare being featured in the New York Times, Time Magazine, USA Today 10 Best, and Food Network amongst others. Most recently, 2022 saw Chef Diaz receive his second semifinalist nomination for the James Beard Best Chef Southeast award.