Julian Medina is an award-winning Mexican chef who lives in Manhattan’s Upper East Side with his wife and daughter. As a young boy in Mexico City, Julian learned authentic home cooking from his father and grandfather. In 1996, Chef Richard Sandoval met Julian on a visit to Mexico City, and was so impressed with the young chef’s energy and culinary vision that he invited him to relocate to New York City to work in one of his restaurants… and the rest is history.

After years of success in many different restaurants, thus becoming a seasoned and celebrated gourmet chef, Julian finally came into his own with the opening of Toloache in August 2007. His restaurant offers a creative, contemporary Mexican bistro menu, focusing on seasonal natural ingredients, and has quickly become one of the Theater District favorites for foodies.

Following the success of Toloache, Medina opened Yerba Buena in Manhattan’s East Village, in June 2008. A second location of Yerba Buena; Yerba Buena Perry, opened its doors in August 2009 and has received similar positive attention, at Time Out New York, which awarded it 4/5 stars.

Medina has been featured in many publications, including The New York Times, New York Magazine, The New Yorker, and on television shows such as The Early Show, Good Morning America, Extra, LX.TV, among others.


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