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Carlos Ordaz-Nunez and TBT El Gallo: 'I love who I am and what I cook'

Posted at 1:21 PM, Apr 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-12 18:55:52-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Carlos Ordaz-Nunez went from working on his parents' Virginia farm to managing a series of successful pop-up events to opening his dream restaurant TBT El Gallo in Richmond in one year.

A pandemic year in which he learned a lot about his food and himself.

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"What I've learned [during the last year] is to love who I am and what I cook and to really embrace that and not pigeonhole myself or put myself in a box and not be like, 'yo, this is Mexican cuisine, you have to do this, or this is Southern cuisine and you have to do this.' For me to accept my perspective of my culinary influences and to do food the way I want to do it," Ordaz-Nunez said about his new venture.

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Hear Carlos tell his story from its beginning in Mexico to the opening of TBT El Gallo on this week's Eat It, Virginia!

We encourage you to try his food -- but order ahead of time -- to ensure you get what you want.

TBT El Gallo
2118 West Cary Street
Richmond, Va. 23220
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